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SEC Whistleblower Program: What Employers Need to Know
Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
First SEC whistleblower award-6 lessons learned
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US government regulators have become more aggressive in their detection and enforcement of fraud against the government. One of the key tools they are using to combat such fraud is the False Claims Act. Most FCA cases are...more
Last Wednesday the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower suit brought by a pharmacist against his former employer, the Shopko pharmacy chain, for what he alleged was fraudulent billing of Medicaid by...more
Every Halloween, the cute traditional images re-emerge from our closets and the attics. Ghosts, gravestones, plastic pumpkins, and perhaps the most common of all – skeletons. Given the recent heightened status of...more
Four whistleblowers will be awarded a sum of $3.9 million after reporting intentional overcharges made to the United States Air Force by airplane manufacturer Boeing. Boeing paid $23 million total in settlements after the...more
In a trio of speeches given at separate events on September 17, 2014, Department of Justice (“DOJ”) officials announced new initiatives and points of emphasis in the Government’s ongoing efforts to hold corporations and...more
On Sept. 17, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect of amending FIRREA — the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 — to increase its whistleblower awards with the goal of further...more
Nonprofits help shape, empower, and strengthen many underserved communities with the aid of donors who believe and trust in the organization’s mission. These goodhearted missions come with accountability to both donors and...more
Have you been following the recent scandal at the US Patent Office? It’s been an interesting case to watch.
In late August, the Commerce Department sent a memo to 47,000 employees reminding them that “erroneous...more
New Criminal Division Review Process for Qui Tam Complaints Expands Main Justice Involvement and Threatens Greater Criminal Exposure in Whistleblower Investigations.
The Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal...more
On August 29, 2014, the Eighth Circuit ruled that False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblowers with knowledge of employer billing practices are not necessarily required to identify specific examples of fraud to survive a Rule 9(b)...more
Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more
On August 25, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a claim brought by a former employee of Fannie Mae alleging violations of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the...more
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws....more
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws. ...more
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim, concluding that the plaintiff did not engage in protected activity. Fuqua...more
The U.S. Attorney General recently intervened in a qui tam case brought by a current employee of California-based computer software giant Symantec Corporation, alleging violations of the federal, California, Florida and New...more
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
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
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
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
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
In a case of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S. Ct. 1158 (2014)—that the whistleblower protection...more
The SEC had mixed results in court this week. A Manhattan jury returned a verdict against the agency in a high profile and long-running insider trading case where the agency had previously obtained favorable rulings from the...more
By now, you have probably heard about the False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Depending on your field, you may be aware of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Law, which gives...more
In This Issue:
- SEC at odds with Siemens over whether whistleblower protections extend to employees who report wrongdoing directly to their companies
- Fourth Circuit decision tolling False Claims Act statute...more
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