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Speak Up or Pay Up: Lessons from GM

The now infamous General Motors mea culpa, which followed the automotive giant’s recall of almost six million cars, has brought the importance of a “speak up culture” front and center. As part of the company’s long road to...more

Eleventh Circuit Sustains Award To Employer In Whistleblower Case

In a warning to plaintiffs’ counsel who seek emotional distress damages for alleged whistleblower retaliation under Florida law, the Eleventh Circuit in Smith v. Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., 750 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. May 6,...more

Fourth Circuit Determines Whistleblower Termination Not Retaliatory Discharge Under Sarbanes-Oxley

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that an employee’s termination after reporting his company’s potential connection to export violations and insider trading did not amount to a retaliatory discharge...more

What Do CNIL’s New Guidelines Mean for Hotline Reporting Programmes?

Earlier this year, the French data protection regulatory authority (“Commission Nationale de L'informatique” or “CNIL”) significantly broadened the scope of the matters it allows whistleblowers to report through a hotline...more

3 Questions To Help Develop Ethics and Compliance KPIs (Beyond Business Ethics Training Scores and Whistleblower Hotline Calls)

It’s no secret that ethics and compliance professionals struggle with measuring the effectiveness of their programs. Sometimes the “well, we have to do it anyway” mentality can preclude any attempt at real measurement and...more

What Employees are Afraid To Tell You, and How Whistleblower Hotline Providers Can Help

I recently read a very interesting article by Jacqueline Klimas from The Washington Times about more than 50 Veterans Affairs workers claiming retaliation for blowing the whistle on the horrors they witnessed while on the...more

New Whistleblower Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act

A great deal of controversy and media attention has certainly surrounded the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both before and after its passage. However, little if any of that attention concerned the whistleblower provisions...more

SEC Settles with Hedge Fund Adviser over Principal Transactions and Retaliation Against Whistleblower

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (the “Adviser”), and Candace King Weir, the Adviser’s principal owner (the “Principal”), over violations of the...more

Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower Protection to Contractors

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” Following a rash of financial calamities largely caused by risky and illegal conduct within publicly traded...more

No Sex Please, We’re British: More from GSK in China

The above is the title of a British television show/play/movie which is a farcical romp about a newlywed couple who mistakenly receive an initial shipment of pornographic pictures, then movies and women, all sent from Sweden...more

Facebook is, indeed, toying with your emotions

Do you ever have one of those days where scrolling through the successes and triumphs of your Facebook friends just gets you down? Turns out, Facebook knows you have those days. In fact, out of scientific curiosity,...more

Employers Fight Back Against Whistleblowers

In 2013, the federal government recovered $3.8 billion from settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act (FCA). Whistleblowers—also called “relators”—can recover up to 30 percent of whatever a defendant pays in a...more

SEC Enforces First-Ever Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently entered into a $2.2 million settlement agreement with Paradigm Capital Management Inc. and its owner Candace King Weir, in its first-ever action enforcing whistleblower...more

T-Mobile over-charges customers with bogus fees

Most of us already pay a fortune on our monthly cellphone bills, but if you were a T-Mobile customer between 2009 and December 2013, you may have been cheated into paying additional charges as well....more

France Facilitates Implementation of Whistleblowing Systems

In France, before implementing a whistleblowing process, a company must inform and consult with its employees’ representatives, inform its employees and notify the French Data Protection Agency (CNIL). There are two...more

The Danger of Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

Every company claims that they encourage a “speak up” culture. As part of a “speak up” culture, companies encourage managers and employees to raise concerns about potential violations and promise not to retaliate against...more

"Pay Me, Or Else…": California Court Rules Employee's Pre-Litigation Qui Tam Threat is Extortionate

A California appellate court recently issued a warning to employees who try to negotiate settlements with their employers by making veiled threats to report an employer's real or imagined criminal activity. In Stenehjem v....more

Insider trading is more common than you think

Three in one trillion. According to a groundbreaking new study, those are the odds of an investor randomly purchasing a stock that perfectly coincides with a corporate merger or acquisition that has not been announced...more

SEC Brings First Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action

In announcing its first enforcement action for retaliating against a whistleblower, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sends a strong message to firms: it is serious about bringing charges against companies...more

Commission-Based Sales Agreements for Medical Supplies and Equipment: More Whistleblower Activity on the Horizon? - A Wide Range...

The common industry practice of compensating independent contractor sales representatives on a "percentage of sales" commission basis may be creating an enhanced risk of False Claims Act liability for illegal kickbacks in...more

How to protect your business against cyber crime

The Internet is an amazing thing. People can gather and share information. You can market and sell goods. You can communicate in real time with people on the other side of the world. ...more

SEC Makes First Finding of Retaliation in Violation of the Exchange Act’s Anti-Retaliation Rule

On June 16, 2014, the SEC entered an order (the “Order”) instituting cease and desist proceedings against an investment adviser, Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (“Paradigm”), and Paradigm’s founder, Director, President,...more

The Network News

Fraud Index Released-Startling Findings - A survey of more than 1,400 organizations worldwide revealed startling 4th quarter results on fraud trends for 2013. The Fraud Reporting Percentage (FRP), which measures fraud...more

Mediating with Whistleblowers Who Have Suffered Retaliation

Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Whistleblowers take it upon themselves to stand up and speak when they believe something is...more

D.C. Appeals Court Upholds Privilege For Internal Investigation Preceding False Claims Act Litigation

The KBR decision should not be interpreted as a sign that internal investigations of regulatory compliance are privileged per se. Companies should keep the following principles in mind when conducting any internal...more

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