Thomson Reuters Session 2: Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now?
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SEC Whistleblower Program: What Employers Need to Know
Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
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Whistleblower Tax Suits on the Rise
Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name...more
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Lawson v. FMR, LLC that people employed by a private company that is either a contractor or subcontractor or a public company are to be extended the same...more
This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more
"... even popular social media platforms, but, sh, don't tell" -
Kind of like confessions in a personal diary, Whisper is an app that lets users anonymously share their secrets with millions of others in acts of...more
Under the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), employees typically only have 30 days to file a complaint about employer retaliation. However, OSHA has now reached an agreement...more
According to Law360, the director of the SEC’s whistleblower office, Sean McKessy, is exhorting the staff of that office to set a high priority on cases involving employer retaliation for whistleblower complaints. During an...more
On Tuesday a federal court in Illinois awarded fees of $200,000 to attorneys for a whistleblower in a False Claims Act action. Not impressed? Well, consider this: the whistleblower got a little less than $30,000. Figured...more
As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more
Failing to heed a powerful message from the Second Circuit, overseas plaintiffs are continuing to seek to pursue SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims. On September 30, 2014, the Southern District of New York in Ulrich v....more
The young boy who blew the whistle -
Here's a new one. It's about a brave 12 year old who became a whistleblower. I wanted to share this one because as a mother myself, I try to teach my children about the greater...more
The ARB upheld a damages award in favor of a whistleblower after his former employer purportedly “blacklisted” him by providing an apparently negative employment reference to a prospective employer. Timmons v. CRST Dedicated...more
(Got your attention?) Yep, you read that right... beer -
One often thinks of bribery and corruption happening in major, high profile organizations (Enron, WorldCom, Tyco). Those are certainly the first I think of...more
FINRA has published a regulatory notice where it reminds firms that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more
Because they have first sight into the safety and treatment of patients -
There's been much in the media spotlight lately around UK healthcare whistleblowers. The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has had it's fair share...more
All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be?
Several events happened in the last few months to inspire conversation about whistleblowers. First, on July 30, 2014,...more
A federal district court recently rejected a health care provider’s claim of attorney-client privilege and ordered the provider to produce written communications with its lawyers regarding the provider’s compliance with the...more
Global Corruption Survey -
Transparency International carried out a Global Corruption Survey for 2013 to just under 100 countries. The results from this survey indicate that one in four people had paid a bribe to a...more
On September 16th, I, along with 1,300 compliance professionals, sat in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago for SCCE’s 13th Annual CEI 2nd general session. Specifically, we had gathered to hear U.S. Department...more
Controversial executive under fire -
As evidenced by the photo to the left, Hong Kong’s chief executive CY Leung is not a popular person right now. And that was before anybody found out about the millions of dollars...more
Many companies do not realize the importance of creating a “Speak Up” culture and how to deal with whistleblowers. Too many companies say they want to hear about problems but when employees raise the issues they become...more
On August 28, 2014, Judge James McCarthy issued a decision in Crawley v. Chicago State University, Case No. 10 L 12657 (Cook County, Ill., Law Div.), affirming payment of over $3 million to Plaintiff James Crowley...more
I've often wondered why well known, large, and "everybody knows the brand" organizations feel the need to cover up instances of when employees come forward to report wrongdoing. We've seen the General Motors debacle over an...more
Well of course they should... stakes have never been higher -
Anybody can be a whistleblower. But the most infamous today are technology professionals, making their debut in the headlines for exposing government...more
A past law helps modern day fraud fighting -
I've always been fascinated by the Civil War era. It probably had something to do with my first watching the TV series North and South. The costumes, beauty, characters,...more
A pair of organizations that advocate for safe consumer products have asked for the unsealing of court documents related to a major whistleblower case.
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