Verizon Whistleblower wins Lawsuit

Double Whammy for Whistleblower in Verizon Lawsuit

Whistleblowers are making the headlines on a regular basis and none more than Stephen Shea, who having already been awarded $13.7 million for his role in the Verizon lawsuit, was granted an additional payment of almost $7.5 million in February 2012 thanks to the efforts of his whistleblower lawyer, Colette Matzzie.

The lawsuit against Verizon Communications was filed back in January 2007 when it was alleged that Verizon had submitted phony bills to the federal government for additional surcharges under two telecommunication contracts, as a means of reimbursing themselves for certain other business costs. The suit remained sealed whilst investigations were taking place and since the Government and the whistleblower couldn’t agree on the attorney’s fees, the US government intervened on February 18th 2011 and settled the action for $93.5 million including interest, paying Shea just over $13.7 million (around 15% of $91,5 million), as an advance of the ultimate share which would be decided by the court. In April 2008, the Government recovered an extra $3 million for Stock Universal Fund Surcharges that had been included in Shea’s claim. On July 27th 2011, Shea with the help of his lawyer then filed for a “Relator Share Award” asking for an additional sum of just under $7.5 million for a total overall reward of $21 million (approximately 22% of $96.5 million). This was granted in part and denied in part, with Shea receiving 20% for his share in the settlement figure reached in February 2011 and 15% of the $3 million that the government recovered in 2008 from Verizon for Stock Universal Fund surcharges.
As explained by a whistleblower lawyer:

The False Claims Act, under which the allegations against Verizon were filed, guarantees a whistleblower a minimum percentage of 15% and a maximum percentage of 25% of the total settlement figure. The amount awarded is dependent on how much information and work the whistleblower has put into the case.

Lawyers for the Justice of Department tried to persuade the Judge not to award Shea any more money by trying to play down his involvement in the case saying that he did not have first hand knowledge of the billing arrangements that Verizon had with the government under the two contracts. They also went on to say that Shea’s complaint was little more than a lucky guess, albeit an educated one. The Judge in response said that this was a totally unfair comment given the amount of experience, expertise, knowledge, analysis, and pure hard work that Shea had carried out.
Shea at the time he filed the complaint was a managing director at TechCaliber LCC which is a leading consultant firm dealing in telecommunication and network infrastructure for their clients. It was Shea’s job to negotiate contracts for large commercial companies and also help manage the costs of the contracts. Prior to filing the complaint, he had been responsible for collecting over $50 million in overbilling charged to his clients by their carriers. It was during this work for his private clients that he reportedly discovered the fraudulent billing practices being carried out by Verizon.

There seems little doubt that Stephen Shea was highly knowledgeable and experienced in his job and thanks to using a highly experienced whistleblower lawyer to help him build the case, he was fortunate in receiving a substantial award.
Should you ever be in a position to report a large scale fraud against the Government, then this case will serve to show you that it really does pay to appoint a highly experienced attorney who has previous experience in the field of the complaint and can take a case all of the way. It’s unlikely that you’ll receive a double payout like Shea, but your attorney will work to get as large an award as possible, after all, they stand to receive a large payment.

http://www.discriminationattorney.com/Double_Whammy_For_Whistleblower_In_Verizon_Lawsuit-1897468.html

As Verizon would say: Making Progress Every Day!

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Neal W. Dias
774-627-4218
Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com
Justicefor7@yahoo.com

My Blog Page:
Blog Address (GOOGLE): Bullying at Verizon – Enough is Enough

Facebook:
• Justice at Verizon
• Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying

My Story:

https://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/bullying-at-verizon/

https://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/unjustice-at-verizon-and-the-massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination/

 

Huffington Post Article:

Title: Verizon: Plenty Of Good Middle Class Jobs But Would You Want To Work There?
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/14/verizon-plenty-of-good-middle-class-jobs-but-would-you-want-to/

My Press Releases:

My Speeches:
Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in Boston Massachusetts July 7, 2012 (Video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HKgP-dfyI

Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pPe2gqGRI&feature=share

Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012
**(Neal W. Dias – fast forward to 02:41:56 – 02:56:09)**
http://ct-n.com/ondemand.asp?ID=8061

National Workplace Bullying Press Conference in Washington DC October 15th 2012
http://www.workplacebullying.org/freedom-week/freedom-week-wbi/

http://www.workplacebullying.org/2012/10/11/fw-npc/

http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/118659159/national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week-mary-kay-henry-seiu-hilary-o-shelton-naacp-mg-taguba-ppalm

Newspaper Article About Me:

Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Newspaper Article):
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/128768/savino-englebright-push-bill-to-fight-workplace-bullying/

Legislative Gazette May 7, 2012
http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2012-05-07-81658.113122-Bill-protects-employees-from-workplace-bullying.html

Story on the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace web site June 11, 2012:
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/workplace/neal.html

Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012 (Flyer)
http://www.ct.gov/chro/lib/chro/2012_Summit_Details_and_Information.pdf

Press Release Distribution October 11, 2012
http://www.prlog.org/11997573-national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week.html

News Blaze October 12, 2012
http://newsblaze.com/story/2012101205010600002.pnw/topstory.html

ABC Channel 13 / WE-SET TV The Heart of Virginia October 15, 2012
http://www.wset.com/story/19802884/national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week-mary-kay-henry-seiu-hilary-o-shelton-naacp-mg-taguba-ppalm

24/7 Press Releases October 13, 2012
http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release-rss/national-leaders-support-quotfreedom-from-workplace-bullies-weekquot-308871.php

U.S. Politics Today October 15, 2012
http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/118659159/national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week-mary-kay-henry-seiu-hilary-o-shelton-naacp-mg-taguba-ppalm

PETITIONS:

Bullying at Verizon – Enough is Enough / Petition:
http://signon.org/sign/bullying-at-verizon-enough?source=c.em.cp&r_by=4096164
Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying / National Petition:
http://signon.org/sign/enough-is-enough-stop-1?source=c.url&r_by=4521742

Healthy Workplace Bill:
Healthy Workplace National Bill page: http://www.healthyworkplacebill.org/

o PLEASE, click on this link above, then get into you specific state. Once you are in the state of your choice, Click on to your state, and you will see the: “HWCE-Z Letter E-Mailing Tool,” will be right on that page. It will only take one minute as it will allow your state legislators know instantly that you are in support on this “Healthy Workplace Bill.”
Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) / Unlimited Resources

http://www.workplacebullying.org/

Undercover Lawyer / State Law Resources for Hostile Work Environment

http://www.undercoverlawyer.com/state-law-resources/

Oprah (On Workplace Bullying):

http://www.oprah.com/health/Workplace-Bullying-Linked-with-Lack-of-Sleep

National Workplace Bullying Attorney – Carol Ryder:
Attorney Carol Ryder from New York, NY.

http://carolryderlaw.com/100301.html

 

 

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About justiceatverizon

Neal W. Dias – Bio I am a 46 year old former U.S. Marine, who was brought up by my father, due to my mother passing away when I was 8 years old. I have five children, and a grandchild and a wonderful wife. I was born in 1965, in Fall River Massachusetts. I lived on the 2nd floor from my Grandmother. I come from a very large family Cape Verdean family. In 1973 we moved from the city, into the suburban neighborhood, a place called Swansea. It was that year when I lost my mother in an auto mobile accident. In 1984 I went into the U.S. Marines which enforced respect for one self and our Nation. After getting out of the Marines, I furthered my education and received my first degree, which was in Electrical Technology. In 1997 I was hired by Nynex (now called Verizon), as a lineman. In 2004 I was promoted to manager as I was in the process of working on my second degree in Business Management and advanced to upper management, rapidly. I was a valued leader on the Verizon Diversity Committee, and spoke at several locations. I was on the Diversity committee and was directly responsible for ensure the first ever Verizon’s Diversity Week went on without any hitches. I was awarded for my success in New York by the Verizon New England President. I was apart of other specialized organizations within Verizon to ensure my voice was heard as I stood up against Bullying, Harassment, Racism and Discrimination was not accepted with the Verizon walls. But it was in 2004 when I was promoted, I began to see Verizon employees getting bullied and tormented by Verizon Management. I did what I through was best, and tried to halt the bullying that was taking place at Verizon, then it shifted to me. After standing up against the powers to be, trying to help others I was targeted, harassed, bullied, discriminated against, endured racial harassment and eventually wrongfully terminated. I was brought up with the belief of how you treat people, is how you will be treated. It was embedded into my mind that respect was how it will be in my family. My father said, “Respect people, work hard and life will treat you kind.” This was the belief of a man who was discriminated against for so many years, because of his color, but never changed his values. I knew then, I cannot walk away like so many others that have had to endure such cruelty, and that this bullying issue is larger than me. After seven and a half years my story is still is not over as I am still in federal court in Boston Massachusetts awaiting the second summary of judgment decision. I will continue to fight for justice and my honor. I now have committed my life to help others, and started a blog page which has acquired over 13,000 readings and over 1,500 comments in only a few months. After hearing all these stories, I knew I had to do something and became an advocate for workplace bulling. This is when I stumbled upon “New York Healthy Workplace Advocates.” On April 30, 2012 I was honored to have spoken in Albany New York at the Capital a National Campaign on Workplace Bullying. I am an active Advocate to this cause, in Massachusetts. I have helped to organize many in the fight against Verizon and other companies in the war against bullying in corporate America. I have helped to guide so many to resources to guide these victims in the fight against any form of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, as this is my mission. Neal W. Dias 645 Marvel Street Swansea, MA. 02777 774-319-3931 Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pPe2gqGRI&feature=share Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Newspaper Article): http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/128768/savino-englebright-push-bill-to-fight-workplace-bullying/
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