Posts Tagged ‘utah’

San Francisco’s Phillips & Cohen Pwns Northrup Grumman in Qui Tam Lawsuit

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

In Latin, qui means “lotta” and tam means “cashola,” or something like that, so that’s exactly what you get when you win as a whistle blower in a False Claims Act lawsuit.

Read on to learn about a recent qui tam suit involving local attorneys Eric R. Havian and Claire M. Sylvia and Allen Davis, a former quality assurance manager at Northrup in SLC, Utah.

Northrop Whistleblower and His Attorneys Comment on Company’s $12.5 Million Settlement

LOS ANGELES, June 23 — The fraud charges Northrop Grumman is settling today for $12.5 million were brought to the government’s attention by a company manager in its Salt Lake City, Utah, plant who filed a “qui tam” (whistleblower) lawsuit against Northrop in federal district court in Los Angeles in 2006.

After investigating the whistleblower’s allegations, the federal government determined that Northrop for nine years had failed to test certain electronic components it sold the military for use in the navigation systems of planes, helicopters and submarines.

Whistleblower: Allen Davis, formerly a quality assurance manager with Northrop’s navigation systems division in Salt Lake City. He will receive a reward of $2.3 millionas provided in the “qui tam” provisions of the False Claims Act.

Whistleblower’s attorneys: Eric R. Havian and Claire M. Sylvia, San Francisco lawyers with Phillips & Cohen LLP. Tel: 415.836.9000.

Statement from Claire M. Sylvia, Phillips & Cohen LLP, San Francisco.

“Allen Davis demonstrated a lot of courage in reporting to the government that his employer was failing to ensure that parts used in military products were properly tested.  He did everything he could to raise his concerns with his supervisors, but they ignored his complaints. So he turned to us to become a whistleblower to force the company to address the problem. Mr. Davis is deeply committed to doing his part to keep our armed forces safe.”

Statement from Eric R. Havian, Phillips & Cohen LLP, San Francisco

“Northrop charged the government for tested parts and delivered untested ones. The government allows defense contractors to use commercial parts in military equipment only if those parts are tested to withstand the extreme temperatures and wear that can occur in combat situations. The military pays contractors extra money to cover the costs of those tests. Allen Davis alleged – and the government’s investigation found – that Northrop was knowingly failing to conduct required safety tests.”

Statement from Allen Davis

“If an everyday person such as myself can bring about change for the better, anyone can. I pursued this case because we owe the men and women of the armed forces our best efforts to provide them with the best equipment possible. They are risking their lives every day and depend on the equipment we build to stay safe.”

About Phillips & Cohen LLP

Phillips & Cohen LLP is the nation’s most successful law firm representing whistleblowers. Qui tam lawsuits brought by Phillips & Cohen have resulted in civil recoveries and related criminal fines totaling $5.3 billion. Phillips & Cohen also represents whistleblowers in cases involving major tax fraud and evasion as well as securities law violations. The firm’s attorneys are regularly recognized for their successful work on whistleblower cases with inclusion on such select lists as the Top 10 “Winning Attorneys” in the U.S., the “100 Most Influential Lawyers” and the National Law Journal’s Top 20 “Hot List” of plaintiffs’ law firms. See for more information.

San Francisco’s Annual Emerald Bowl has a New Name: The “Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.” Srsly

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Here’s the deal on San Francisco’s NCAA-certified Emerald Bowl (fka San Francisco Bowl):

“The Emerald Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) in San Francisco, California, since 2002. At the time of its launch in 2002 as the San Francisco Bowl the game was one of two college bowl games to be played in baseball-specific stadiums.”

O.K. then. Well, the news of the day is that this football game has a new title sponsor, Kraft, and a new name, the “Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.” Seriously.

That’s right, the same folks footing the bill for Farmer Gavin’s 400 square foot Victory Garden are taking over the Emerald.

Look forward to this cheer squad coming back to town if USC plays in 2010 the way they played in 2009:

via Hot Rod Homepage

(And here’s a video of USC’s retro Yell Girls in Union Square last December along with a modern tune from the famous marching band. Enjoy.)

I don’t know, maybe this new name will grow on me, the way it worked with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

All the deets. Let’s hope for good weather on January 9, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15 — The San Francisco Bowl Game Association, organizers of the annual college football bowl game played at AT&T Park, announced today that Kraft Foods will be the game’s new title sponsor for the next three years.  The game will be known as the “Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl” and will be part of a broader hunger relief program Kraft Foods plans to kick off in September in collaboration with Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization.

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will be carried nationally in prime time by ESPN on Sunday, January 9, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific), pitting teams from the Pacific-10 (PAC-10) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).  The game is one of college football’s most popular bowl games, boasting three sellouts in four years and annual television rating increases.

“This is a great day for our game,” said Gary Cavalli, the Bowl’s co-founder and the only Executive Director in its eight-year history.  “We’re proud and excited to partner with Kraft Foods, one of the most well-known and highly-respected companies in the world.”

 Ever more deets, after the jump



San Francisco Loves Again: F*CK MORMONS Banner Removed

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Things were a little hateful around the area of 606 Sanchez Street in San Francisco a few days back when people could see a large, fuchsia “F*CK MORMONS” banner from all around. While some caution against starting a holy war, others aren’t as circumspect.

The whole affair is still the talk of the town.

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via Daniel R (MisterDarcy)’s photostream

But lo, the offending message got taken down lickedy-split post-haste, even on a quasi holiday. Here’s the same scene from this afternoon: 

See? The houseboat house is now message-free. Credit for getting the sign down might go to Michael Thomas, a blogfather who seems to have a lot of pull in the area.

[UPDATE: Joe Vazquez burns the shoe leather and basically confirms the above here, but he also garners a flurry of quotes from the engineer in question.]

On to new bidness, the next big rally. They’re calling it the Million Gay March, or something. It should be under sunny skies, regardless.

No on Prop 8 Rally
When: November 15, 2008 – Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Protest against Prop 8