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Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 22, 2014

Posted  April 22, 2014

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

UNC whistleblower resigns – The whistleblower whose research on athletes’ literacy caused a firestorm of controversy at the University of North Carolina is leaving because of the “hostile work environment” that followed her reporting.  CNN

Skeptical Justices hear Coca-Cola defend its Minute-Maid label against Pom – The rival juice maker claims false advertising in the Minute-Maid “Pomegranate Blueberry” drink which contains no more than trace amounts of the two featured juices.  NYT

Twitter forces General Mills retreat – Facing a storm of negative feedback on social media, the Cheerios maker rescinded its recent move to force mandatory arbitration on all customer disputes, showing the fine line between balancing legal risk and reputation.  WSJ

OtterBox pays $4.3M to settle whistleblower suit – The smartphone and tablet case company was charged with underpaying customs duties on the products it imported, mostly from China.  NCBR

Health Management Associates Pays $1.5M to settle whistleblower suit – The False Claims Act action alleged one of HMA’s Oklahoma hospitals billed the state’s Medicaid program for unnecessary sinus surgeries performed on children.  Seattlepi

EU adopts broad social responsibility disclosure rules – The European Council and Parliament passes law forcing 6,000 EU companies to disclose information about environmental compliance, human rights, and bribery and corruption. FCPA Blog

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