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Another Texas Whistleblower is Dismissed

The Supreme Court of Texas recently dismissed another whistleblower case with a narrow reading of Texas Whistleblower Act (TWA) requirements. Although the TWA offers significant protections to a tipster reporting malfeasance,...more

4/23/2014 - Adverse Employment Action School Districts Whistleblowers

Church Whistleblower Regrets not Having Blown Her Whistle Stronger

Jennifer Haselberger calls the Catholic Church her home. Two relatives went into religious life. Haselberger was a canon lawyer for the archdiocese until she could no longer tolerate her warnings of sexual abuse being ignored...more

4/21/2014 - Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Whistleblowers

Ag-gag v. Whistleblowing

On February 8, 2013, Amy Meyer went to the Dale Smith Meatpacking Company in Draper City, Utah to see where her meat comes from. She peeked through the barbed wire fence and saw a sick cow being treated like rubble. She...more

4/16/2014 - Farms Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

ATF Special Agent’s Whistleblowing Creates a First Amendment Showdown

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special Agent John Dodson is bringing together strange bedfellows — liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and conservatives in Congress....more

4/14/2014 - ACLU ATF Conservatives First Amendment Whistleblowers

Was Richard Bowen’s Whistle Stuffed?

Five years have passed since Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy. Richard M. Bowen III, a former Citigroup executive who blew the whistle on their bad business practices, provided 1000 pages of documents to the Securities and...more

4/9/2014 - Commercial Bankruptcy FCIC Lehman Brothers SEC Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing in Afghanistan Allegedly Elicits Retaliatory Response

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in September 2013 that Mike Elder proffered sufficient evidence to continue with his False Claims Act action against DRS Technologies, Inc. (DRS)....more

4/4/2014 - False Claims Act Middle East Retaliation Whistleblowers

SEC Whistleblower Program Gets Blowing

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced August 20, 2013 that it awarded more than $25,000 in total to three whistleblowers. The SEC reports that this payment was the first installment in a series that is...more

4/2/2014 - SEC Whistleblowers

Transferring Confidential Data to IRS Earns SOX Protection for Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, in Vannoy v. Celanese Corporation, recently ruled in favor of a whistleblower who claimed retaliation after taking sensitive information from his employer and giving it to the Internal...more

3/31/2014 - Data Protection DOL IRS Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Retaliating Against a Nuclear Power Whistleblower

From the recent reports of retaliatory acts against whistleblowers, some wonder if the protections under the Dodd-Frank Act proscribing retribution against tipsters are known to companies and government offices. Regardless of...more

3/26/2014 - Nuclear Power Retaliation Whistleblowers

The Bed Bug Whistleblower is Awarded Back Pay

A federal court ordered S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates a retirement home in Milford, Ohio, to pay a former manager $20,000 in back pay. The former manager filed a complaint with the Clermont...more

3/21/2014 - Back Pay Bed Bugs Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program Breaks Out with a $14 Million Award

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a $14 million award to a whistleblower whose tip led to an enforcement action. The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, gave original information to the SEC that enabled...more

3/20/2014 - SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Adopt an Internal Whistleblower Policy

It is highly recommended for companies and organizations to implement a strong internal whistleblower policy. The primary reasons for a corporate whistleblower system are to protect the company and its chief executive officer...more

3/12/2014 - CEOs CFOs Corporate Counsel Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Big Payout Rings Bank of America Fraud Trial

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. - Thomas Jefferson - Edward O'Donnell, a former executive at Countrywide Financial, Inc., may collect up to $1.6 million under an almost forgotten...more

3/10/2014 - Bank Fraud Bank of America Banks Fraud Mortgage-Backed Securities Whistleblowers

Blow Your Green Whistle to Protect the Environment

The Office of Inspector General is an independent office within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that assists the agency in accomplishing its goals more efficiently. OIG conducts audits, investigations and...more

3/5/2014 - Environmental Policies EPA Fraud and Abuse OIG Whistleblowers

For Many Whistleblowers, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Gregory Hicks bravely testified before Congress about the 9/11 attacks on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. He claimed that he was punished for stating that President Obama's administration's response the...more

3/3/2014 - Department of State Whistleblowers

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?

The Federation of German Scientists (VDW), the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and Transparency International bestowed the German Whistleblower Prize upon Edward Snowden, the former National...more

2/26/2014 - Edward Snowden EU NSA Surveillance Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers Are Being Locked Out of the IRS

Except for the booming payout of $104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, most of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program's claims have not elicited any rewards. Senate Finance...more

2/25/2014 - IRS Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC’s Whistleblower Program Is Waiting to Blow a Big Payout

Stephen Cohen, associate director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower, spent the early part of the summer blowing his commission's whistle and promising big awards on the horizon....more

10/28/2013 - Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

National Defense Contractors’ Employees Now Have a Whistle

The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), effective July 1, 2013, now offers employees of subcontractors with defense contracts the protection of the federal whistleblowing laws. Before the new law, subcontractors...more

10/23/2013 - Contractors NDAA Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers Can Whistle Irish Tunes

Ireland's minister for public expenditure and reform, Brendan Howlin, recently published the Protected Disclosures Bill, 2013, described as an important measure in the battle against corruption. Howlin said that lawmakers...more

10/21/2013 - Whistleblowers

Courts Conducting the Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is prevalent in the news. Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning captured our attention. As more claims emerge from workplaces, additional whistleblowing lawsuits are challenging the courts to define and interpret...more

10/15/2013 - Dodd-Frank Espionage Act General Electric Internal Investigations Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing to the Tune of $6 Million

In early July 2013, Baxano Surgical Inc., formerly known as TranS1 Inc., agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it encouraged doctors to overcharge Medicare and other federal health programs and paid kickbacks to...more

10/14/2013 - DOJ False Claims Act Fines Kickbacks Medicare Physicians Settlement Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing in Malta

Malta's Parliament approved the country's long-awaited Whistleblower Act. Effective September 15, 2013, the act provides varying programs of protection for individuals blowing the whistle on corrupt practices. The passage of...more

10/8/2013 - Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Giving Whistles to Guest Workers to Stop Workplace Abuse

Every year, tens of thousands of temporary H-2B workers travel to the United States with dreams of profitable employment that could lead to permanent residency. H-2B employees are temporary, foreign nonagricultural workers....more

10/7/2013 - Employee Rights H-2B Non-Immigrant Visas Temporary Employees Visas Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing at the Right Time for the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower rejected a claim for an award earlier in the summer because it was not "original" under the SEC's whistleblower law. The claimant originally filed a...more

10/2/2013 - Penalties SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

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