Goldberg Kohn Comments on $11 Million Settlement Ends that Whistleblower's 7-Year Battle

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Whistleblower Ann Marie Shaw will finally be rewarded for exposing an alleged software fraud scheme.

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When a business is defrauding the federal government, any citizen can initiate the lawsuit on the government's behalf.

CA Technologies agreed to an $11 million settlement for alleged fraud against the government last month, with a slice of that money going to whistleblower Ann Marie Shaw. Attorney Matthew Organ of Goldberg Kohn says the reward is well deserved after Shaw's seven year battle for justice.

Shaw was an employee of CA in 2006 when she noticed an alleged trend of double-billing customers, according to WSAV News (11.12.2013) and Newsday (11.12.13). She initially brought up her concerns within the company but says her superiors took no action.

“When a business is defrauding the federal government, any citizen can initiate the lawsuit on the government's behalf,” said Organ, whose work at Goldberg Kohn focuses heavily on whistleblower lawsuits. “Most of CA Technologies' clients were government agencies.”

Shaw's lawsuit alleged two kinds of fraud against those agencies: tampering with renewal cycles on service plans so that the agencies paid too often, and misguiding the agencies to purchase third-party software that was already included in an earlier purchase.

“It takes a lot of courage to stand up to a Fortune 500 company,” Organ said. “She staked her career on doing the right thing, and she won.”

In addition to federal government agencies, nine state governments joined the suit as well. The $11 million offer settles all of the cases. Shaw's reward is expected to come out to approximately $2 million.

About Matthew Organ

Matthew K. Organ is principal in the Litigation group with the Attorneys of Goldberg Kohn Ltd., serving clients nationwide. He has extensive experience in whistle blower cases under both state and federal laws. He can be contacted at:

Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.
55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792

Case citation: U.S. and the States of California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia, District of Columbia, and State and City of New York ex rel. Ann Marie Shaw v. CA, Inc., Civil Action No. 06-3552 (E.D.N.Y.)

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