September 29, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside — September 29, 2015

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

 Questions raised about Coke’s “contributions” to anti-obesity campaign — “Not only has Coke’s philanthropy earned it praise from influential medical groups, the soda grants appear to have, in some cases, won the company allies in anti-soda initiatives, wielded influence over health recommendations about soft drinks, and shifted scientific focus away from soda as a factor in the causes of obesity.”  NYT

Pope acknowledges cover-up in Church sex-abuse scandal — “Pope Francis broadened his warnings over the church’s sex abuse scandals, saying that clergy and others who helped cover up wrongdoing are also guilty in the eyes of the Vatican.”  Washington Post

 Defense contractor agrees to pay $4.63M to settle whistleblower charges of government overcharges — The whistleblower and government allege L-3 Communications Corp., Vertex Aerospace and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems inflated labor hours for time spent by independent contractors at the military’s Continental US Replacement Centers in Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Bliss, Texas.  DOJ

Hundreds of hospitals to settle federal probe of cardiac procedures — Hundreds of hospitals are believed to have settled with the government in a nationwide investigation into the suspected overuse of implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, in “what may be the largest False Claims Act investigation and recovery ever in terms of the number of hospitals involved.”  Modern Healthcare

Disgraced Navy whistleblower works to clear her name — Lt. Cmdr. Sy’needa Penland was “drummed out” of the Navy months shy of her 20-year retirement mark after spending two months in jail for what she says was in retaliation for confronting her bosses about what she felt was wasteful spending.  USA Today

Trinity Capital to pay $1.5M for accounting fraud —  The SEC charged the company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Los Alamos National Bank, with misreporting net losses and income.  SEC

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