Whistleblowers

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Bank Whistleblower Suits Highlight Limits of Employee Confidentiality Agreements

Employers increasingly face the difficult scenario of employees who misappropriate company data in the pursuit of whistleblower claims alleging misconduct by the employer. Such cases can present a complex mix of regulatory,...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

In one of the first cases to address the standard governing a motion for summary judgment in a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case, Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that two former executives of Vista Outdoor Inc. (the...more

Justice Department Joins Whistleblower Suit Accusing UnitedHealth Group of Overcharging Medicare by “Hundreds of Millions”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined a whistleblower lawsuit, United States of America ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. Unitedhealth Group Inc., No. 16-08697 (Cent. Dist. Cal. Sep. 17, 2010), ECF No. 79, against...more

GOP House Considers Adopting Clean Hands Rule for SEC Whistleblower Program

The Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., recently issued a memo outlining a plan to implement sweeping changes to a bill he introduced last year known as the Financial CHOICE Act....more

Health Update - February 2017

Securing the Safety Net for America's Vulnerable Populations - Editor's Note: America's population is aging rapidly. By 2029, 75 million baby boomers will have reached age 65 and older, and older adults will represent...more

Whistleblower General Counsel Prevails Through Use Of Attorney-Client Privileged Information

In a seminal trial court decision, the federal court in the Northern District of California ruled in a whistleblower retaliation case that a fired general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories could use as evidence otherwise...more

The Top Ten Things You Should Know About UK Employment Law

What 2016 lacked in employment law changes, it made up with political surprises (Brexit) and sweeping data protection changes (the GDPR). Due to these dynamic changes and in anticipation of what lies ahead, our UK employment...more

Will In-House Attorneys Reach for their Whistles?

The news is full of stories about whistleblowers collecting millions from their former employers. Surely at least a few in-house lawyers fantasize about that kind of payday. After all, who knows better than an in-house...more

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No....more

Another Effort at False Claims Act Reform: Bills Introduced to Amend Illinois Act to Restrict Tax-Related Claims

Illinois Legislators have recently introduced three bills that would amend the Illinois False Claims Act (“Act”) to restrict the ability to bring tax-related claims. Senate Bill 9, the proposed “grand bargain” to resolve...more

Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - February 2017

When Regulatory Failings Turn Criminal: Car Edition Redux - Why it matters: To paraphrase the famous quote from the film “All About Eve”: Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy car ride. In the first part of...more

Bio-Rad Stung by Nearly $8 Million Verdict in Whistleblower Lawsuit Brought by Former General Counsel

A jury recently found Bio-Rad Laboratories liable under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act for nearly $8 million in damages after the company’s alleged retaliatory firing of its former general counsel, Sanford...more

Federal Whistleblower Laws Collide With The Attorney-Client Privilege: The Bio-Rad Case Study

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal whistleblower laws collide with the in-house attorney-client privilege. The trial round goes to the whistleblower. The expected appellate round has still not been fought. In a February 7,...more

Metadata Plays Key Role in $10.8 Million Whistleblower Lawsuit Verdict: eDiscovery Case Law

Earlier this month, federal jurors awarded nearly $8 million to the former general counsel of a company who says he was fired because he blew the whistle on his company’s potential violation of a foreign bribery law. That...more

Bridging the Week - February 2017 #2

Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer Agrees With CFTC and NFA to Cease Doing Business for Concealing Relationship With Closely Tied Market Maker - Forex Capital Markets, LLC, a retail foreign exchange dealer, and two of its...more

Food industry sees one of first whistleblower suits under FSMA

As part of the massive overhaul of food safety regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Life Sciences Decoded reported in August on new whistleblower protections for food industry employees. On Feb. 9, six months...more

2016 Saw Rise in False Claims Act Actions and Recoveries

The U.S. government and whistleblowers brought an increased number of False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases – as well recovered a larger amount in settlements and judgements – in the fiscal year 2016, as compared to 2015. In 2016,...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2017

Private investment funds and advisers are likely to face new regulatory challenges and increased litigation risks in 2017, not only because of a change in the administration, but also because many advisers have not corrected...more

German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) Releases Online Whistleblowing System

On January 1 2017, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (“BaFin”) set up an online whistleblowing system allowing anyone to anonymously report alleged violations of supervisory law. BaFin is the national...more

Settlement Agreements: Who Should Sign?

The recent California appellate ruling in Glen Provost v. Regents of the University of California sheds significant light on judicial views of written settlement agreements. In particular, the case dealt with who should sign...more

FCPA: 2016 in Review Webinar

Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) remained a high priority for the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016, resulting in more than 50 combined enforcement actions, record...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Alleged Violations of Aspirational Corporate Conduct Standards Are Insufficient to State a Claim for...

In Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union Local 338 Retirement Fund v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 955 (9th Cir. Jan. 19, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit addressed for the...more

Ex-GC Awarded $8 Million For Retaliatory Firing

A California federal jury awarded Sanford Wadler, former General Counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, $8 million for his claims against his former employer under the whistleblower provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and the...more

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the...

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

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