North Dakota does not have a state False Claims Act. However, those who witness fraud, waste or abuse affecting either the state or federal government can file a whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act. Whistleblower provisions in the False Claims Act also protect relators from workplace retaliation resulting from their report. Contact us to learn more about your rights as a whistleblower.
North Dakota Whistleblower News
- Whistleblower alleges ethical violations by North Dakota University System attorneys
May 12, 2015 – BISMARCK, N.D. — A former attorney for the North Dakota University System who is alleging intimidation and cover ups during her tenure has now filed a disciplinary complaint with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office regarding possible ethics violations by two current NDUS attorneys. Kirsten Franzen was terminated from her position as compliance officer for the university system in November and has since accused her former employers of covering up open records violations and intimidating employees in filings preceding litigation. Now Franzen is alleging that two attorneys representing the NDUS in the matter are violating ethics rules because of a conflict of interest and by failing to inform the State Board of Higher Education of Franzen’s offer of a settlement in the matter.
- Whistle Blower Asked For Better Security Before Fatal Train-Bus Crash
January 06, 2015 – The railroad crossing where that fatal train-school bus crash took place near Larimore was the scene of another fatal accident back in October of 2009. At that time, neighbors complained and asked BNSF Railroad for flashing lights and a crossing arm. It didn’t happen and now two more people are dead.
- OSHA Orders Back Pay, Damages, And Job Reinstatement To Railroad Employee
October 10, 2014 – Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) LLC, the second-largest freight railroad network in North America, retaliated against a North Dakota worker in December 2013 for reporting a work-related injury and submitting a physician’s treatment plan to his employer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded in an investigation. OSHA ordered Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF to pay the worker more than $30,000 in back wages and damages and to take other corrective actions.
The former employee submitted a whistleblower complaint to OSHA alleging BNSF violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, which prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who report injuries, fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, and other misconduct.
- Ex-medical director files whistleblower suit against BCBS North Dakota
May 08, 2014 – FARGO, N.D. – A former medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota filed a whistleblower claim Tuesday against the company, saying he was fired for pointing out what he described as illegal insurance practices that could be costing the company’s customers millions of dollars in higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. According to the lawsuit filed in Cass County District Court, Dr. Kenneth Fischer, former director of behavioral health for Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., which does business as Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota, discovered the company had been allowing some members to receive more benefits than others, even though they were on the same plan. The company would overpay providers out of employer accounts, and then fail to recover those overpayments, the lawsuit states.