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Whistleblower Insider is written by the Constantine Cannon law firm team of experienced qui tam and whistleblower lawyers. It is updated regularly to provide the latest whistleblower and fraud news and developments.

Whistleblower Protection Caucus Co-Chairs Urge Barr to Establish COVID-19 FCA Task Force

Posted  03/27/20
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Efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States will require potentially trillions of taxpayer dollars.  Given the amount of money involved, and the speed at which the crisis is progressing, Whistleblower Protection Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14) and Kathleen M. Rice (NY-4) have sent a letter to Attorney General Barr urging him to establish a nationwide COVID-19 fraud prevention...

Loosening the Rules on Telehealth to Fight Coronavirus May Also Result in New Medicare Fraud Schemes

Posted  03/27/20
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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government is loosening rules on telehealth to make it easier—and safer—for patients to speak to their healthcare providers.  These steps are an important, and necessary, step to curtail the spread of the virus and to facilitate the treatment of infected patients.  But it may also open the door to new telehealth fraud schemes by unscrupulous individuals and...

Data Analysts: a New Kind of Whistleblower to “Catch a Rogue,” write Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman in Stat News

Posted  03/20/20
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On March 16, 2019, STAT published an article by Constantine Cannon whistleblower lawyers Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman about a new kind of whistleblower emerging: the data-driven whistleblower. The article, Data analysts: a new kind of whistleblower to ‘catch a rogue’?, discusses different courts’ reaction to False Claims Act cases brought by Integra Med Analytics, a “forensic analysis firm that studies...

Congratulations to our First Place Scholarship Winner, Ellen Matheson

Posted  03/20/20
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Last September, Constantine Cannon announced a scholarship for law students, to be awarded based on essays addressing the importance of whistleblowers, the whistleblower experience, or whistleblower law and policy.  We announced our five winners in February, and today are pleased to share the first place essay, submitted by Ellen Matheson. Ms. Matheson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, where she...

The COVID-19 Crisis, Whistleblowers, and the Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Team

Posted  03/19/20
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As Constantine Cannon announced earlier this week, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we have implemented contingency plans to work remotely.  While our work locations have changed, we remain dedicated to our whistleblower clients, and our team continues to provide whistleblowers with support and legal guidance. With offices in New York, D.C., San Francisco, and London, the Constantine Cannon...

Another “Magic Pipe” Down the Drain: Whistleblower Tips Lead to Guilty Plea in Ocean Dumping Case

Posted  03/19/20
By Jessica T. Moore
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Whistleblowers and an alert Coast Guard examiner exposed the illegal ocean-dumping of unfiltered bilge water by Singapore shipping company Unix Line PTE. The company pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) after a conscientious crew member slipped a note reading “magic pipe” and “damage marine environment” to the  examiner inspecting the ship M/T Zao Galaxy.  Another crew...

Constantine Cannon Files Amicus Brief in Support of California’s Effort to Curb Private Prison Company Abuses

Posted  03/13/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
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Constantine Cannon is proud to represent three leading immigrants rights organizations, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom For Immigrants in filing a “friend of the court,” or amicus brief, in two cases related to California’s right to ban private prison companies.  Last year, California enacted AB 32, which barred private prison companies from operating within the state.  The...

As COVID-19 Spreads, So Does Consumer Fraud

Posted  03/13/20
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“There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).” This was the firm reminder sent to seven companies this week via FDA-FTC warning letters. The businesses were told to cease unproven efficacy claims in the marketing of their products, and were given 48 hours to respond to the...

Medicaid Drug Rebate Fraud: Should it be an Enforcement Priority?

Posted  03/10/20
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Medicaid has one very intuitive approach to keeping drug prices in check. Drug companies, under a law called the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, must rebate Medicaid programs any money that resulted from the increased drug prices outpacing inflation. Inflation is benchmarked to either 1990, or the first year a drug came to market, which ever is later. As an example of how this works, imagine a pharmaceutical company...

Read the Second Place Winner’s Essay in Constantine Cannon’s Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  03/10/20
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Constantine Cannon is excited to share the second place essay in our first annual Scholarship Essay Writing Contest.  The contest asked entrants to discuss the importance of whistleblowers.  Our second place winner, Hannah Fitzmorris, wrote about the IRS Whistleblower Reward Program which “empowers ordinary citizens in positions of relative power disadvantage to utilize the tools of morality and duty of...
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