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Watchdogs Petition SEC to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Impeding Complaints to SEC

On July 18, 2014, a coalition of plaintiff-side lawyers and government watchdog groups proposed ways to strengthen the SEC whistleblower program in two petitions filed with the SEC. The groups urged the SEC to update Rule...more

It’s Time to Re-Think the False Claims Act

The federal False Claims Act (FCA) is one of the government’s primary weapons in combating fraud by federal contractors, federal grantees and recipients of federal benefits. Since 1986, when the FCA was restructured into its...more

Do you have a whistleblower culture? You should!

Every organization should strive for honesty amongst its employees and stakeholders. This element allows for complete dedication to the organization's mission, and success. Encouraging a whistleblowing culture within the...more

Supreme Court Poised to Hear TSA Whistleblower Case

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) plays a crucial role in our national safety infrastructure. Yet the agency has been subjected to significant criticism — and even been the butt of jokes — for the last several...more

Whistleblowers are important | Ensure yours understand their benefit

Over the last few years, we've seen how the power of whistleblowers can effect change, hold companies accountable and stop corruption. The spotlight on the critical role they could have played is seen in the absence of them...more

We Don’t Need No Intervention: Qui Tam Relator in Omnicare Wins Big Without DOJ

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of two qui tam whistleblower lawsuits against Omnicare Inc., the largest nursing home pharmaceutical and pharmacy services vendor in the nation....more

5 Key Employment Law Challenges for In-House Counsel

5 employment law challenges that in-house counsel will face in the coming year and how to get out ahead of them....more

Food Safety Whistleblower Regulations on the Way

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Fortunately, the government that makes the laws does want to see the sausage being made and, as such, has instituted new...more

Texas Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims As Insufficiently Pled

In U.S. ex rel. Williams v. McKesson Corp., No. 3:12-CV-0371-B (N.D. Tex. July 9, 2014), a Texas federal court recently dismissed a qui tam whistleblower suit by a former employee of McKesson, a Texas-based entity that...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™: July 2014

Survey of ACA Navigators Finds 10.6 Million People Sought Enrollment Help — In a survey released this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation (“Kaiser”) estimates that approximately 10.6 million people received assistance...more

Australia's proposed spy law perceived as Governmental Mismanagement

Buzzing through the social media sphere yesterday was the story about how a proposed new bill would see potential whistleblowers facing up to 10 years in prison for leaks. So after lifting my jaw up off the floor, I thought...more

Texas Medicaid Fraud Recovery Passes $400 Million Thanks to Whistleblowers

Operated jointly by federal and state agencies, Medicaid is one of the largest and most complex governmental undertakings in the United States. Not surprisingly, it also provides a breeding ground for fraud, primarily from...more

Supreme Court Protects Whistleblowing Employees of Mutual Fund Adviser

Whistleblowing law continues to develop, with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that, despite ambiguous statutory language, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protects employees of private companies serving as...more

Pennsylvania Expands Whistleblower Law to Cover Some Private Employers, Nonprofits

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett gave final approval to two bills that drastically expand the scope and enforcement provisions of the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law. Under the amendments, which take effect on August 31,...more

Easy A's for Athletes - UNC committing academic fraud?

The University of North Carolina has been criticized in recent years since it was revealed that they offered hundreds of Afro-American Studies classes that required no attendance and only asked students to write a single...more

Dodd-Frank Does Not Bar Arbitration Of Claims If Arbitration Agreement Does Not Exempt Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Fourth Circuit affirmed order from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia compelling arbitration of former employee’s federal claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA),...more

GM, Whistleblower Hotline Providers, Retaliation, and Why I Didn’t Buy a Chevy

One of the advantages of working for one of the premiere whistleblower hotline providers is that I stay up to date on notable GRC happenings. In my past life, I didn’t even really understand what a whistleblower was, much...more

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Engaging in Prohibited Principal Transactions and Retaliating Against Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on June 16, 2014 (the Order) against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (Paradigm) and its founder, Director, President and Chief...more

Appellate Federal Court Overturns District Court Ruling; Federal Government Contractor Must Disclose Internal Investigation...

In our current Williams Mullen Construction Industry News, the article titled “Federal Contractors” discussed a ruling on March 6, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordering a federal government...more

CEPA Roundup

In recent weeks, New Jersey’s primary whistleblower statute—the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”)—has been the subject of increased judicial scrutiny. In Hitesman v. Bridgeway, Inc., 214 N.J. 235 (2014),...more

Third Circuit Holds Ambiguous Contract Precludes FCA Liability

The Third Circuit recently upheld summary judgment in favor of the defendant in U.S. Dept. of Transp. ex rel. Arnold v. CMC Engineering, a whistleblower suit alleging the defendant overbilled Pennsylvania’s Department of...more

Fifth Circuit: FCA Inapplicable to Claims Involving Private Funds Administered by Government-Created Programs

In United States of America ex rel Rene Shupe v. Cisco Systems, Inc. and Avnet, Inc., No. 13-40807 (5th Cir. July 7, 2014), the Fifth Circuit reversed a district court’s order denying a motion to dismiss a qui tam...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - July 2014

In recent weeks, New Jersey's primary whistleblower statute—the Conscientious Employee Protection Act ("CEPA")—has been the subject of increased judicial scrutiny....more

Internal Revenue Service Reveals 2013 Whistleblower Figures

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In the more than two centuries since Benjamin Franklin expressed those words, taxes have become perhaps even more of a certainty. The Internal Revenue...more

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

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