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  • Westport Office

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    155 Post Road East
    Suite 11
    Westport, Connecticut 06880

    Phone

    203-226-9922

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  • 5.0/5.0

    I found myself in one of the worst employment situations that I have ever been in. I was getting bullied and harassed and after going to human resources twice I felt that I had no where else to go. After sitting down and talking to Attorney...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    I cannot say enough great things about Attorney Pate. He was not only courteous and professional to me but very intelligent in dealing with employer. He not only demonstrated skill and professionalism while handling my case but showed extra...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    . In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. My company investigated the incident, and it seemed to have been resolved. Six months later, my company took what I believed to b...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    Attorney Pate was very professional yet personable. He was available to speak every time I called and carefully listened to my concerns. And resolved them. He was excellent.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    In September, 2016, I contacted Atty. Pate regarding an incident I considered to be age discrimination in my workplace. In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. I did so. ...
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Connecticut Business Attorney Litigates Whistleblower Claims

Skilled business lawyer represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state lawsuits throughout Westport

Whistleblower is the common term for a person, usually an employee, who reveals wrongdoing by a company in the form of fraud, corruption or other illegal activity. The U.S. government has several laws offering employees incentives to report their employer’s unlawful activity and providing protection from retaliation. The False Claims Act, passed during the Civil War, included a qui tam provision, which allows a private citizen with knowledge of fraud against the government to initiate a lawsuit and share in the government’s recovery of damages. Other statutes, such as The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 and The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, have whistleblower provisions as well. Richard L. Pate represents whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits and defends companies from accusations of wrongdoing. I also represent both sides in disputes over alleged retaliation for whistleblowing activities. By working on both sides of these complex issues, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of the various issues and the stakes for all participants. Appreciating the tension between competing interests, I am often able to resolve disputes favorably for our clients. If you are facing whistleblower litigation, Richard L. Pate can provide robust representation that protects your rights.

Qui Tam lawsuits for False Claim Act violations

In a qui tam action under The False Claims Act, a person with knowledge of fraud against the government may file a lawsuit. Qui tam lawsuits often involve fraud in defense contracts, or fraudulent billing of Medicare and Medicaid. Given the government’s limited ability to audit all transactions with companies under government contracts, qui tam actions are essential for exposing waste and abuse. If you have pertinent information that could lead to a successful qui tam action, you need experienced representation from attorneys who know how to build a compelling case. On the other hand, if your company relies on government contracts, False Claim Act allegations can be ruinous. Richard L. Pate works meticulously to assemble the evidence to present the facts of your transactions in the best possible light.

Common securities fraud allegations

Persons who have information about violations of the Securities and Exchange Act have substantial incentives to come forward under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Whistleblower allegations commonly cite:

  • Stock price manipulation
  • Fraudulent or unregistered sale of securities
  • Insider trading
  • False or misleading statements
  • Failure to file required reports with the SEC
  • Theft or misappropriation of funds or securities
  • Bribery of foreign officials

Securities law has many complexities, so the actions of corporate officers may be open to various interpretations. Often, the presentation of facts by a skilled trial attorney can be the difference between a finding of fraud and a ruling that transactions were executed in good faith. I pore over voluminous evidence to distill the facts in a manner most favorable to your case. Drawing on considerable experience with the SEC, I provide robust representation that protects your interests.

Principled representation in retaliation lawsuits

Federal and state laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation from whistleblowing activities, but not from general workplace discipline based on factors unrelated to whistleblowing. Having worked on both sides of this issue, I am prepared to offer effective representation to plaintiff employees and defendant employers. My investigative skill enables me to develop compelling arguments based on the totality of the circumstances. Whether you need to prove or rebut allegations of retaliation, I am prepared to take decisive steps to protect your rights.

Contact an established attorney for whistleblower lawsuit representation in Connecticut

Richard L. Pate provides quality litigation services for plaintiffs and defendants in qui tam lawsuits. My effective litigation services benefit clients throughout Connecticut. To schedule a consultation, call Richard L. Pate at 203-226-9922 or contact me online.