The Firm recently achieved a significant victory on behalf of employees in the District of Columbia. In Monroe v. Voca Corp. of Washington, DC (Consolidated Appeal Nos. 05-CV-778 and 05-CV-803), the D.C. Court of Appeals extended the cause of action for wrongful termination in violation of public policy to employees who are not at-will employees and employees covered by a protective bargaining agreement.
The case involves allegations that the Firm’s clients were terminated by VOCA Corp., which managed group homes for persons with severe mental retardation, shortly after they complained about conditions and treatment of residents at three different group homes.
The Court of Appeals’ decision marks an important expansion of the wrongful termination in violation of public policy cause of action and should protect many more District of Columbia employees who are terminated for their refusal to participate in unlawful actions at the behest of their employers. Les Alderman argued the case on behalf the terminated employees.
The Firm recently participated in bringing about a $666 million dollar settlement, one of the largest government settlements ever paid to healthcare providers. Beginning in 2002, hospitals which ultimately became 667 in number sued the Secretary of Health and Human Services for his use of an improper policy to calculate payments under the Medicare Act to hospitals serving disproportionate numbers of poor people. This Firm, which represented a total of 41 hospitals in the lawsuit, was aided in its efforts by Quality Reimbursement Services, a premier Medicare reimbursement consulting firm specializing in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments.
Due to the number of plaintiffs in the litigation, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of consolidating all the separate complaints, which exceeded 250 in number,into one matter, designated In Re Medicare Reimbursement.
One group of hospitals was selected to be the lead plaintiffs and this group obtained a favorable decision from the District Court in 2004. The government appealed and lost before the Court of Appeals in 2005.In April 2006 the U.S. Supreme Court denied the government’s request for further review. This forced the government to undertake settlement negotiations with the entire group of plaintiff hospitals. Those negotiations started in April 2006 and continued until March 2008 when the government signed a settlement agreement calling for a payout of over $666 million dollars to the plaintiff hospitals. Les Alderman and Erling Hansen of the Firm worked hard to achieve equitable DSH payouts for the Firm’s 41 hospital clients.
Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora is selected by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs to receive the Committee’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the Firm’s pro bono efforts on behalf of the Committee’s Public Accommodations Project. The Award was presented at the Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon on June 14, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel.
Sundeep Hora has been chosen by his peers to serve a three-year term as a Section Steering Committee member for the Law Practice Management Section of the District of Columbia Bar.