This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Whistleblower Wins Louisiana David Vs. Goliath Case, Reports Jermain Dunnagan & Owens, P.C.

ANCHORAGE, Ala., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal jury has awarded Anchorage resident, Paul Blakeslee, $3.5 million in a whistleblower retaliation case.  Blakeslee had sued his former employer, Shaw Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., for wrongful termination after the company initiated a "reduction in force" one day after receiving a whistleblower letter from Blakeslee.  Blakeslee had reported a potentially significant fraud on the United States military. 

Shaw was a government contractor providing support services (facilities maintenance) on Fort Richardson and Fort Wainright through contracts in excess of $100-million.  In 2008, Shaw's Alaska project manager, Richard Lantz, had created a private leasing company and was leasing nearly $2-million worth of equipment to the government through the Shaw contracts, in many cases without obtaining competitive bids.  Blakeslee wrote a letter reporting this conflict to Shaw's CEO, James Bernhard at the company's headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The day after Shaw received this letter, it commenced a termination proceeding and fired Blakeslee.

The jury found Shaw violated the whistleblower protections of the Federal False Claims Act, a statute encouraging the reporting of fraud and abuse and protecting whistleblowers who identify possible government fraud.  The jury also found Blakeslee, who was then 71 years old, was the subject of age discrimination and the subject of retaliation. 

"This was a classic David Vs. Goliath battle between a hard-working man who chose to do the right thing against one of the largest companies in America. Instead of thanking Blakeslee for blowing the whistle, Shaw fired him then tried to crush Paul in litigation," explains Howard Trickey, partner in the law firm representing Blakeslee. 

"A jury of his peers stood up to corporate wrongdoing and sent a loud and clear message that whistleblowers that come forward to protect American taxpayers deserve protection, not retaliation," said another of Blakeslee's attorneys, Matt Singer of Jermain Dunnagan & Owens, P.C., located in Anchorage Alaska.

Chicago Bridge & Iron, a Dutch multinational conglomerate with offices outside of Houston, Texas, recently acquired Shaw.

For more information on the case, visit

Case number is:  3:09-cv-00214-SLGFor more information contact: Howard Trickey or Matt Singer: (907) 563-8844 /

CONTACT: Ava VanNahmen, 727-365-9383Email:

SOURCE Jermain Dunnagan & Owens, P.C.

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,779.11 +0.96 0.01%
S&P 500 2,061.23 +48.34 2.40%
NASDAQ 4,748.3960 +104.0840 2.24%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs