Amy Blackwood

Amy Blackwood

Associate

Amy Blackwood is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

Amy represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation and counseling including, but not limited to, the investigation and litigation of harassment, discrimination and retaliation complaints, as well as whistleblower claims.

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SEC Reduces Whistleblower Bounty Based On Culpability And Delayed Reporting

On February 28, 2017, in an Order almost entirely devoid of detail, the SEC announced that a whistleblower will receive 20% of any monetary sanctions collected in an enforcement action commenced as a result of the whistleblower’s tip. The SEC is giving this “reduced” award while acknowledging that the whistleblower (1) was “culpable” in the … Continue Reading

Federal Court Ruling Raises Questions About Privileged Nature Of Certain Internal Investigations

On March 6, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (“KBR”) must produce to a qui tam relator 89 documents relating to internal investigations conducted by the Company.  The court held that neither the attorney-client privilege nor the attorney work-product doctrine barred production or … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Considers Review of Two False Claims Act Whistleblower Suits

The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear two whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), both on appeal from the Fourth Circuit.  The Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in before the Court decides whether to hear either case.  The two cases are Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. … Continue Reading

Federal Government’s FCA Claims Against Iraq Security Contractor Dismissed

The Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a False Claims Act complaint brought by the government and a whistleblower, finding that the government failed to adequately plead that it relied on allegedly false marksmanship tests when it paid a government contractor.  U.S. ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., Case No. 1:11-cv-288 (E.D. Va. June 19, … Continue Reading

Kinetic Moves To Disqualify Counsel In False Claims Act Qui Tam Action For Improper Use Of Contractor’s Privileged Documents

Arguing that relators’ counsel has retained and used, without authority, more than 800 of its attorney-client privileged and work product documents, Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (“KCI”) has asked the District Court for the Central District of California to disqualify opposing counsel in United States ex rel., Steven J. Hartpence v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Case No. 08-01885 … Continue Reading

The Fourth Circuit Suspends Statutes Of Limitations On False Claims Act Claims During Times Of War And Holds That The “First To File” Rule Does Not Apply Once Initial Action Has Been Dismissed

In United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., No. 12-1011 (4th Cir. Mar. 18, 2013), the Fourth Circuit held that the statute of limitations for False Claims Act claims is suspended during times of war.  The court also held that the rule barring a False Claims Act plaintiff (a “relator”) from bringing a claim … Continue Reading

Eastern District Of Virginia Rules That Employer Cannot Arbitrate False Claims Act Retaliation Claims

On Wednesday, the Eastern District of Virginia in Winston v. Academi Training Center, Inc., No. 1:12-cv-767 (July 12, 2012), declared an arbitration provision in an independent contractor agreement unconscionable, clearing the way for two plaintiffs to bring their False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation claims in Federal court. … Continue Reading
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