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This Week in FCPA-Episode 66, the Take a Stand Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. The SEC charges KPMG and partner with blown oil and gas company audit. 2. BSRG raises its...more

Purported Whistleblower Barred from Pursuing Illinois Retaliatory Discharge Claim

The Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed an Indiana-based employee’s claims for retaliatory discharge in violation of common law, focusing on the nature of the connection (or lack thereof) to Illinois and noting...more

E.D. Virginia Tosses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim for Lack of SEC Complaint

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently granted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by an ex-project manager, finding that Plaintiff failed to...more

SEC announces whistleblower award for government employee

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 25, the SEC announced that it would grant $2.5 million “to an employee of a domestic government agency whose tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company’s...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim Because Retaliation Claims Were Already Arbitrated

The Southern District of New York recently dismissed Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims brought by an employer’s ex-President and an ex-Director pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) on res judicata grounds, determining that...more

Minnesota Supreme Court clarifies requirements for state whistleblower lawsuits

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

An opinion issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court on August 9, 2017, could be the basis for more lawsuits by employees accusing employers of retaliating against them for reporting alleged wrongdoing. The case is Friedlander v....more

CNIL Decision on Whistleblower Hotlines

by Bryan Cave on

France's data protection authority, the CNIL – the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés -- recently published a decision (n° 2017-191) setting out new guidelines with respect to whistleblower hotlines. The...more

Never a Dull Moment in Employment Law: Whistleblowing and More

by Dechert LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision quashing the Employment Tribunal fee regime is not the only recent employment law news of which UK employers need to be aware. This OnPoint summarises some other recent developments....more

Does Making Any Complaint About Work Now Turn An Employee Into A Possible Whistleblower Under Minnesota Law?

by Littler on

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on August 9, 2017 in Friedlander v. Edwards Lifesciences, LLC, finding that the 2013 amendments to the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (“MWA”) abrogated the requirement that...more

Leaks and whistleblowers and liability, oh my!

by FordHarrison on

Leaks are everywhere. They happen in politics, in sports, in the entertainment industry, in people’s everyday lives, and (unfortunately for many of us, myself included) in the roofs and pipes in our homes....more

OSHA Releases New Online Whistleblower Complaint Form For Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a revised online whistleblower complaint form. In an announcement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt said,...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: August 2017

by Mintz Levin on

In this issue we report on recent qui tam activity and look at three unsealed cases. One case involves allegations of “up coding” by a hospital that allegedly billed routine transport as emergency transport, reimbursed at...more

What Happens When Employees Stop Speaking Up?

by Michael Volkov on

One of several difficult compliance questions facing companies revolves around reporting of employee concerns. If the number of complaints coming in on a company hotline goes down over time, is corporate misconduct going down...more

Court Rules Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claims Are Arbitrable

We have previously written about how Dodd-Frank retaliation cases are a mixed bag for employers and about the Supreme Court’s expansion of Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) Whistleblower protections. A new decision from the Wisconsin...more

Money’s big for Big Pharma — in settlements, lobbying, and product prices

Even as drug makers are settling or scrambling to resolve disputes with regulators over dubious ways they peddle products, Big Pharma is busting records for its spending to lobby lawmakers on skyrocketing prices, easing...more

SEC Issues Award To Whistleblower Despite Culpability And Delay

On July 27, 2017, the SEC announced that it was paying a $1.7 million bounty award to a whistleblower, even though the whistleblower: (1) had some culpability in the fraud; (2) unreasonably delayed reporting the fraud; and...more

FCA Deeper Dive: FCA Retaliation Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA provides protections for whistleblowers in connection with their whistleblowing activities. To establish that an employer retaliated against an employee in violation of 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h), an employee must...more

Farewell to Sam Shepard: Wither Whistleblowers in the UK?

by Thomas Fox on

American’s greatest living playwright died yesterday as Sam Shepard passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to his obituary in the New York Times (NYT) “In Mr. Shepard’s plays, the only undeniable truth is that of...more

Whistleblower Protection: When Private Turns Public

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Chesterton Global Ltd & Anor v Nurmohamed & Anor (Rev 1) [2017] EWCA Civ 979 the Court of Appeal provided some much needed clarity on the definition of “public interest” in whistleblower claims. Mr Nurmohamed was a...more

Long-term loss of earnings and whistleblowing

by Dentons on

In Small v. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust the Court of Appeal has held that where a claimant's employment has been terminated due to a protected disclosure the tribunal can award compensation for long-term loss...more

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On July 25, 2017, the Third Circuit allowed a plaintiff who was an in-house attorney to proceed with a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) based on its...more

Second Circuit Sets False Claims Act Pleading Standard For Claim Information

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last week, the Second Circuit held that a False Claims Act relator does not have to plead details of specific alleged false billings or invoices to the government, as long as he can allege facts leading to a strong inference...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

$2.5 Million SEC Whistleblower Award Goes to Government Employee

by Bryan Cave on

On July 25, 2017, the SEC announced another whistleblower award – this one for almost $2.5 million. What sets this award apart from earlier awards is its recipient – “an employee of a domestic government agency.” The Order...more

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