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In Other News... The saga of United Airlines and Dr. David Dao

In Other News... The saga of United Airlines and Dr. David Dao

- Insider Louisville
The Unfriendly Skies: On Sunday, United Airlines forcibly removed a man who refused to part with his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, reports NPR, BBC News, The New York Times and CNN.
Four passengers were asked to give up their seats to make room for United employees needed for another flight in Louisville. The airline asked for volunteers, offering $400 and a hotel stay. No takers. They went up to $800. No takers. Then they announced a computer would select four customers at...

Five Lessons From United Airlines About Handling A Customer Experience Gone Bad

Five Lessons From United Airlines About Handling A Customer Experience Gone Bad

- Forbes
Unless you live under a rock, you are most likely aware of United Airlines most recent misstep. A passenger who had boarded a plane was involuntarily bumped, asked to leave his seat and then was forcibly removed. Refer to a CNN report on Flight #3411.
The incident involving passenger Dr. David Dao has gone viral. There is public outcry and protests have begun.
There are five lessons we all can learn from this customer experience gone horribly bad.
1. There is a reason...

United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal, Says Lawyer – Here's Why

United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal, Says Lawyer – Here's Why

- International Business Times
Not only did United Airlines make millions of enemies when it forcibly removed a passenger from a Louisville-bound flight, it also acted illegally, according to attorney Brian Mahany of Wisconsin-based Mahany Law.
Video emerged Sunday of aviation security officers physically removing a bloodied and screaming passenger from a flight by dragging him by his arms down the aisle of the plane. The company said it needed to make room for four of its employees on the...

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Book Review SAINTS, SINNERS, AND HEROES – Covert Ops in the War against the C-Suite Mafia, author Brian Mahany

Book Review SAINTS, SINNERS, AND HEROES – Covert Ops in the War against the C-Suite Mafia, author Brian Mahany

- Whistleblower News Review
The ultimate whistleblower handbook, featuring numerous real life examples and case studies. By one of America’s most visible whistleblower attorneys.
Author and multi-billion-dollar lawsuit-winning lawyer Brian Mahany opens his informative and entertaining book on whistleblowers with a section entitled “The Whistleblower's Toolbox.” In clear and unambiguous language, it explains in detail all the basic legislation regulating the actions of whistleblowers in...

Los Angeles Doctor Sues Molina Healthcare Over Medi-Cal Reimbursements

Los Angeles Doctor Sues Molina Healthcare Over Medi-Cal Reimbursements

- Kaiser Health News
Los Angeles-area doctor is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against Molina Healthcare, saying the insurer owes him thousands of dollars for caring for Medi-Cal patients under the Affordable Care Act.
The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 30 in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Dr. Manuel Figueroa of the Associated Hispanic Physicians of Southern California, a doctors group with which Molina Healthcare contracts.
[View the note “Molina Complaint” in its...

Allied Home Mortgage, Whistleblowers and the Future of the Mortgage Industry

Allied Home Mortgage, Whistleblowers and the Future of the Mortgage Industry

- Think Glink
Last week, a federal jury in Texas imposed a nearly $93 million penalty against Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. and Allied Home Mortgage Corp. (now known as AllQuest Home Mortgage Corp.) and CEO Jim Hodge for issuing thousands of bad loans and leaving the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the hook for $834 million in failed mortgages during the recent housing crisis. Under the False Claims Act, that penalty is subject to mandatory tripling – for a total of $270...

Whistleblower Didn’t Live to See Landmark Allied Mortgage Verdict, Taxpayers Recover $92 Million

Whistleblower Didn’t Live to See Landmark Allied Mortgage Verdict, Taxpayers Recover $92 Million

- Whistleblower News Review
In May, 2011, Peter Belli filed a complaint in Boston. With guidance from whistleblower experts at Mahany Law, he accused Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation of massive mortgage fraud in a False Claims Act “qui tam” whistleblower lawsuit.
Over five years later, and after a trial that lasted five weeks, a jury found both the corporation and its CEO, Jim Hodge, guilty of knowingly representing to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that certain loans were properly prepared...

In the Blogs: The Season Approaches

In the Blogs: The Season Approaches

- Accounting Today
Highlights of some of our favorite tax-related blogs from the past week.
Like it is TaxMama: Following “a total paradigm shift in our government,” the nuts and bolts of what Trump’s plan means for changes individuals can expect in their tax lives. Hint: “a mixed bag of goodies and sillies.” Don’t Mess With Taxes: Expats are on the rise, according to the IRS. That and the timing of the recent presidential campaign and still-smoldering election is...

Wells Fargo Woes Ignite Call to Beef Up Whistleblower Protections

Wells Fargo Woes Ignite Call to Beef Up Whistleblower Protections

- Morning Consult
As Wells Fargo & Co.’s consumer fraud scandal unfolds, it has fueled a push for stronger whistleblower protections in agencies that police the banking industry. Analysts say banking regulators lack critical factors — anonymity, cash rewards and communication with compliance officers — that make whistleblower programs work.
Banking regulators should take a page from the the Office of the Whistleblower at the Securities and Exchange Commission, said...