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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.

Auto-safety regulators finally take steps to stand up nation’s only safety-focused whistleblower program, but challenges lie ahead

Posted  06/16/21
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Back in 2015, the public seethed over the auto industry’s historic industry failures.  Takata’s air-bag scandal, Toyota’s unintended-acceleration deceptions, and General Motors’s deadly ignition-switch cover-up were in the headlines.  Hundreds died and millions were exposed to grave dangers because of the industry’s propensity to bury known safety defects. In 2015, Congress tried to turn the tide,...

Catch of the Week: Rental Car Add-ons

Posted  06/11/21
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If you travel often, you probably hate the rote sales pitch of a la carte add-ons at the car rental counter.  Perhaps you check in online not just to save time but to avoid the whole spiel. Wouldn’t you like the peace of mind of adding on the collision damage waiver?  The loss damage waiver?  Supplemental liability coverage, also known as additional liability insurance?  Personal accident insurance? ...

Whistleblowers Without Borders: International Whistleblowers are Increasingly Important Contributors of Tips to the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program

Posted  06/11/21
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On March 4, 2021, the SEC announced an award of over $5 million to joint foreign whistleblowers whose tip, providing significant information about misconduct abroad, caused the opening of an investigation that resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action. According to Jane Norberg, former Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, “The whistleblowers’ information alerted the staff to misconduct...

The Dawn of Antitrust Whistleblowing

Posted  06/9/21
By Marlene Koury, Kristian Soltes
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Whistleblowing is crossing paths with antitrust enforcement. Expect the trend to accelerate.

In the past few years, whistleblowers have become increasingly instrumental in detecting and addressing corporate wrongdoing. Increased protections and financial incentives have encouraged whistleblowers to expose corruption and other wrongdoing, much of which would otherwise often go unnoticed. This phenomenon is also...

Catch of the Week: Second Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Jay Peak EB-5 Fraud Case

Posted  06/4/21
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William Kelly pleaded guilty to two felony charges in connection with EB-5 securities fraud in the development of the Jay Peak Biomedical Research Park, also called the AnC Vermont project. Kelly, who served as the chief operating officer for the project, was a long-time advisor to project owner Ariel Quiros, who previously pleaded guilty to related charges. Co-defendant William Stenger, the project’s CEO, pleaded...

Book Review: “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty,” by Patrick Radden Keefe

Posted  06/3/21
By Max Voldman
Last October, Purdue Pharma, the inventor, manufacturer, and marketer of Oxycontin, the drug at the center of the opioid crisis, reached a massive healthcare fraud settlement with the Department of Justice. The Department advertised the settlement as an $8.3 billion dollar recovery, which would make it one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in history. In his book Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden Keefe explores...

Catch of the Week: Dental Clinics to Pay $2.7M for Using Unsterilized Tools on Medicaid Patients

Posted  05/28/21
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For over five years, Upper Allegheny Health Systems, a health care system operating several dental clinics in New York and Pennsylvania, allegedly performed dental services without sterilizing equipment between patients and falsely billed Medicaid for those services. After a former employee blew the whistle, the United States and the State of New York stepped in to investigate, and the defendant agreed to a $2.7...

Channeling the Whistleblower In Bob Dylan: His Top Ten Lyrics On Standing Up for Truth

Posted  05/28/21
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Hard to believe this music and literary icon of the 1960's, and every generation since, turned 80 this week (May 24).  With hundreds of songs, thousands of concerts, tens of millions of album sales, and an artistic career spanning more than half a century and counting, Bob Dylan's influence and contributions to the greater good have been boundless.  His litany of accolades offers just a taste of his grand...

DOJ Lowers The Boom On COVID-19 Healthcare Scams, Again

Posted  05/28/21
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Hey, fraudsters, did you hear?  There was a global pandemic, so the government pumped trillions of dollars into the economy.  Probably a good time to get a piece of the cut, you ask?  They’ll never find out, right?  So many ways to grift! Well, not so much.  From the start, the cops on the beat, led by the United States Department of Justice, have screamed from the rooftops:  “Don’t do it.  We WILL...

Listen to Mary Inman on BBC’s Business Daily Program “What Happens to Whistleblowers?”

Posted  05/21/21
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Constantine Cannon’s own Mary Inman appeared on an episode of the Business Daily program from the BBC World Service, What Happens to Whistleblowers: How Exposing the Truth at Work Can Cost You Your Career.  Listen at the Spotify link below, or on your preferred podcast platform. Mary was joined by whistleblowers Ian Foxley and Bianca Goodson and whistleblower psychotherapist David H. Martin for a discussion...
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