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November 16, 2021

7 Due Diligence Issues to Avoid False Claims Act Lawsuits

Nelson Mullins partners Jennifer Malinovsky and Ed White join Alice Harris, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet, to go over the key compliance areas to look for in due diligence. 

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Sue Erwin Harper

Sue Erwin Harper

Of Counsel

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
corky.harper@nelsonmullins.com
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Corky leads the firm’s labor and employment practice in South Carolina. Certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment and labor law, her practice includes representing corporations in the litigation and trial of trade secret claims, bringing and defending cases involving the enforcement of covenants not to compete, and defending individual and...

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Corky leads the firm’s labor and employment practice in South Carolina. Certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment and labor law, her practice includes representing corporations in the litigation and trial of trade secret claims, bringing and defending cases involving the enforcement of covenants not to compete, and defending individual and class actions alleging wage and hour violations and claims of employment discrimination.

Sue Erwin Harper

class actions alleging wage and hour violations and claims of employment discrimination.

Corky leads the firm’s labor and employment practice in South Carolina. Certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment and labor law, her practice includes representing corporations in the litigation and trial of trade secret claims, bringing and defending cases involving the enforcement of covenants not to compete, and defending individual and... class actions alleging wage and hour violations and claims of employment discrimination.

Experience

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Experience

  • Litigated cases under the South Carolina Business Opportunity Sales Act.
  • Defended both franchisors and franchisees in employment–related litigation, including collective actions commenced by the EEOC.
  • Experience in preventing and litigating sexual harassment claims and in limiting employer liability arising from workplace romances.
  • Has prepared and negotiated complex employment contracts, including executive compensation packages and severance agreements, and counsels companies on the independent contractor relationship.
  • Drafted hundreds of employee handbooks designed to limit or eliminate an employer's contractual liability under South Carolina law based upon claims that its published policies were violated.

Educational Activities

  • Served as a legal writing instructor

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD
    • Notes Editor of the South Carolina Law Review
  • Queens University of Charlotte, BA

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Robert F. Chapman, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (1981)

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Who's Who Legal – Labour and Employment (2017)
  • Jean Galloway Bissell Award, presented by the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association to those who have paved the way to success for women lawyers through distinguished and noteworthy service to the public and the legal profession and achievement of professional excellence (2004)
  • Tribute to Women in Industry Award from YWCA of the Midlands
  • Compleat Lawyer Award given by the University of South Carolina School of Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, Labor and Employment Litigation (2003–2022)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008–2021)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment – South Carolina (2007–2018, 2020–2021)
  • Columbia Business Monthly's "Legal Elite," Labor Law (2011–2012), Labor and Employment (2020)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Immediate Past Chair, South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Specialization and Continuing Legal Education (2011–2013)
  • First President of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest network of labor and employment lawyers
  • South Carolina Bar
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