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Except for the booming payout of $104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, most of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program's claims have not elicited any rewards. Senate Finance...more
Each year, LP’s Labor & Employment Practice Group is pleased to provide a short checklist of steps that all companies should consider taking to measure their readiness for the coming year. We hope that you find this 2014...more
In recently released decisions, the DOL Administrative Review Board took further action in two whistleblower actions of interest to employers.
No Answer on Whether Stealing Confidential Data Is Protected – But a Silver...more
The economy may be improving, but challenges remain for employers in the financial services industry. From ever-increasing whistleblower claims to new diversity and inclusion regulations and recent IRS determinations...more
On December 18, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernizes the New York nonprofit corporation law. The Act overwhelmingly passed both houses of the New York...more
In This Issue:
A Decade of Lessons Learned from State Tax False Claims Act Cases; Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims; and Challenging Regulations After Mayo and Home...more
A whistleblower who took sensitive company data from his employer and turned it over to the IRS has won his retaliation claim at the Department of Labor under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s (“SOX”) whistleblower protection...more
When a person assumes the role of a whistleblower to stop the illegal and fraudulent activity of a corporation or governmental agency, it is understood that there may be harsh retaliatory acts taken by the violating...more
Cheryl D. Eckard was drug giant GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) quality manager. In 2002, she was sent to the company's primary plant in Puerto Rico to fix problems cited by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Eckard quickly...more
Federal agencies have released their spring 2013 regulatory agendas outlining the rules they will likely propose or issue in final form during the next six-month period. While agencies often stray from their stated goals and...more
Our articles this month focus on health care reform. First, Jim Napoli and Brian Neulander comment on the potential for litigation under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) whistleblower protections and ERISA Section 510 as a...more
CMS wants to change the way that it rewards non-qui tam whistleblowers who report alleged fraudulent or unlawful conduct related to Medicare or Medicaid. Using an IRS program as a model, CMS recently proposed rule changes to...more
On January 28, 2013, in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), co-author of the 2006 updates to Section 7623 of the Internal Revenue...more
On February 13, 2013, the IRS issued its “Fiscal Year 2012 Report to the Congress on the Use of Section 7623,” as required by The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (Act). The Act was established “to encourage people with...more
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations addressing the processing and awarding of bounties to whistleblowers who provide information relating to underpayments of tax or violations of the Internal...more
It has taken a long time but the status of whistleblowers has reached an all time high. Whistleblowers can expect even more encouragement and protections in the future. ...more
In Cohen v. Commissioner, 139 T.C. No. 12 (October 9, 2012), the Tax Court decided that it lacked jurisdiction to review an IRS Whistleblower Office decision not to pursue a claim.
In the decision, Mr. Cohen asked the...more
On September 11, 2012, the National Whistleblowers Center announced that UBS whistleblower, Bradley Birkenfeld, was awarded $104 Million by the Internal Revenue Service (‘IRS”) as payment for insider information he provided...more
The recent announcement that the IRS granted a $104 million whistleblower award to convicted former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld generated front-page news coverage. Birkenfeld, the U.S.-bred former private banker who...more
Steve Berman, managing partner at Hagens Berman, a nationwide whistleblower protection law firm, today lauded an award the Internal Revenue made to former Swiss banker Bradley Birkenfeld for providing information on tax...more
Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in its continuing effort to prompt and motivate whistleblowers to come forward, issued final regulations clarifying certain definitions used for purposes of calculating...more
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