Steve Berman – Hagens Berman

What SEC Whistleblowers Should Know About Insider Trading and the Salman Case

What SEC Whistleblowers Should Know About Insider Trading and the Salman Case By: Shayne C. Stevenson, Head of whistleblower practice, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP The Supreme Court recently heard argument in Salman v…more
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SEC Drops the Hammer on Companies Stifling Whistleblowers Through Confidentiality Agreements

In a major victory for potential SEC whistleblowers, the SEC announced a settlement of securities law violations charges against a publicly-traded building products company that required outgoing employees to waive their rights…more
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Enfish & Bascom: The Federal Circuit Provides Welcome Relief to Owners of Software Patents

The past few years have been challenging for patent owners, particularly in the computer technology space. One of the more serious impediments to the successful assertion of patents rights in the current environment is the…more
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Are Patent Rights Coming Back Into Favor?

The past decade has not been good to patent owners. Beginning with eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, LLC in 2006, the Supreme Court issued a nearly unbroken string of decisions that, in the aggregate, significantly undermined the value…more
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Virtually Uncovered: How CFTC Whistleblowers Will Reveal Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has made plain that it considers so-called “virtual currencies” to be commodities subject to CFTC regulation and jurisdiction. As the use of virtual currency continues to grow…more
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The 5 Most Common Kinds of Whistleblower Fraud

From the Front Lines of a National Whistleblower Law Firm It’s no secret that blowing the whistle is becoming an increasingly popular action taken by professionals to help stop fraud in fields from Wall Street investments to…more
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Hitting a Hole in One: What Your SEC Whistleblower Claim Needs to Stand Out to the Government

Every golfer’s dream hit is a hole-in-one – that elusive maneuver in which the ball soars high, dodges trees and other obstacles and miraculously lands in its intended destination without wasting any time. This triumph is…more
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Whistleblower Topic of the Week: Can I talk about my claim? When do I need to keep silent?

Many aspects of blowing the whistle take finesse and patience, and discussing your claim isn’t always an option. Sometimes a lawyer is the only person a whistleblower can talk to for several years. Upholding this responsibility…more
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Whistleblower Topic of the Week: Can I assist in an existing investigation? What if my claim is about something already reported?

One mistake that whistleblowers can make is assuming that the case is closed just because initial information about the fraud at hand has already been given to the government. But the doors are still in fact open. When a…more
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5 Reasons Why Whistleblower Tips Are So Important

Anyone who watches crime TV knows that helpful, bad-guy-crushing info comes from tipsters – the insiders with the scoop. While the world of whistleblowers reporting fraud doesn’t typically actualize in secret calls at payphones,…more
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Whistleblower Topic of the Week: Can a Company Sue a Whistleblower?

Whistleblowers perform a unique public service when they inform authorities that a company is violating the law by stealing money from the government. Commonly, in order for a whistleblower to support allegations of fraudulent…more
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Whistleblower Topic of the Week: CFTC Continues Global Effort to Combat Market "Spoofing"

In an era of automated, algorithmic trading dominance, the battle against those who spoof on futures and derivative exchanges has intensified. The 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,…more
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Whistleblower Trends: Real Estate Fraud and the Next Bubble Break

In 2008, the U.S. economy went into free fall. Millions of homeowners lost their most valued possession. Long-standing financial behemoths were brought down. Taxpayer dollars provided bailouts to an unprecedented number of…more
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Why Washington’s Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act Must be Renewed

By: Shayne Stevenson Combating the growing avalanche of health care fraud in our state and across the country requires using the right law enforcement tools. One of the most useful tools in the battle against health care fraud…more
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Corporate Crime and the “Age of the Whistleblower”

How Dieselgate Served as the Perfect Paradox In recent news, The Economist dubbed our present time the “Age of the Whistleblower.” While it may appear to be dawning on some corporate giants that it would behoove them to listen…more
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