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Whistleblower Litigation

South Carolina Business Attorney Litigates Whistleblower Claims

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

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. The Law Offices of David L. Hood 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, The Law Offices of David L. Hood 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 company under government contracts, qui tam actions are essentially 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. The Law Offices of David L. Hood 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 South Carolina

The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides quality litigation services for plaintiffs and defendants in qui tam lawsuits. My effective litigation services benefit clients throughout South Carolina. To schedule a consultation, call The Law Offices of David L. Hood at 843-461-4528 or contact me online.

Our Offices
  • Charleston
    170 Meeting St.
    Charleston, South Carolina 29401
    Phone: 843-444-4663
  • Columbia
    1320 Main St., Suite 300
    Columbia, South Carolina 29201
    Phone: 803-227-4668
  • Georgetown Office
    601 Front Street
    Georgetown, South Carolina 29440
    Phone: 843-527-8010
  • Greenville (Downtown)
    220 N. Main St.
    Suite 500
    Greenville, South Carolina 29601
    Phone: 864-272-3992
  • Greenville (Millport at Butler)
    128 Millport Circle
    Suite 200
    Greenville, South Carolina 29607
    Phone: 864-272-3992
  • Hilton Head
    110 Traders Cross
    1st Floor
    Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
    Phone: 843-663-4040
  • Mt. Pleasant
    1240 Winnowing Way
    Suite 102
    Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29466
    Phone: 843-491-6025
  • Myrtle Beach Office
    1293 Professional Dr.
    Suite D
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
    Phone: 843-444-4663
  • Murrells Inlet(Principal) Office
    11919 Plaza Drive
    P.O. Box 2070
    Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
    Phone: 843-491-6025
    Fax: 843-357-0068
  • N. Charleston
    4000 S. Faber Place Dr.
    Suite 300
    N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405
    Phone: 843-779-7567
  • North Myrtle Beach Office
    1019 Highway 17 S.
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
    Phone: 843-663-4040
  • Rock Hill
    331 E. Main St.
    Suite 200
    Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
    Phone: 803-227-4668
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