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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In Halasa v. ITT Education Services (SD Ind., Lawrence), a 15-page opinion, Judge Wood writes:

ITT Educational Services is a for-profit corporation that runs “ITT Technical Institutes” in several locations throughout the United States, including Lathrop, California. Plaintiff Jason Halasa was the Lathrop Campus’s College Director for six months in 2009. The parties provide competing accounts of the end Halasa’s tenure: ITT says that Halasa was fired for exhibiting poor management skills and delivering inadequate results; Halasa alleges that he was fired in violation of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h), after identifying and reporting several irregularities in the way ITT was handling its federally subsidized loans and grants for students. We conclude that even if Halasa did engage in protected conduct under the Act, he has not shown that he was fired because of this conduct. Thus, we affirm the decisions of the district court granting summary judgment and costs in ITT’s favor.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 14, 2012 01:02 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions