Verizon Whistleblower Shouldn't Get $7M More: DOJ

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT) -- A whistleblower who helped exposed Verizon Communications Inc.'s overbilling on federal telecommunications contracts shouldn't get a $7.48 million increase in his relator's fee, because a federal investigation led to an early settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice argued Monday.

Relator Stephen M. Shea and his company 2Probe LLC launched the False Claims Act suit that led to a $93.5 million settlement with Verizon in February. Shea, a private telecommunications consultant, alleged that Verizon subsidiary MCI Communications Services Inc., invoiced the U.S. General Services Administration for certain...
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