Colorado Law Offers Rewards for Whistleblowers Reporting Workplace Health and Safety Violations
As lock-downs and business shutdowns continue in the U.S., essential workers continue to report to work, providing healthcare, putting food on our tables, delivering goods and service, ensuring public safety, and more. These essential workers may face serious risks as they perform their jobs, often as a result of workplace health and safety violations by employers.
Responding to the unique challenges of the...
The FCPA’s Accounting Provisions Get a Fresh Look from the SEC
In the New York Law Journal this week, we published an article discussing a heartening trend in the SEC’s enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law that has yielded some of the largest SEC fines and recoveries: an increased willingness to ground enforcement actions in the accounting provisions of the FCPA.
The FCPA broadly prohibits two different kinds of conduct. First, businesses may not bribe...
This Week in Whistleblower History: The First Whistleblower Protection Law
This week marks the eighth year in a row that Congress has designated July 30thNational Whistleblower Day, honoring the occasion, on July 30, 1778, when the Continental Congress unanimously enacted the first whistleblower protection law in the United States. The celebration this year is particularly poignant in light of the recent mistreatment of government whistleblowers, notably Lt. Colonel Alexander...
CFTC Whistleblower Hot Streak Continues with $9 Million Award
This week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a new whistleblower award of approximately $9 million, one of the five largest awards ever paid by the agency. It is the latest in a wave of awards—four over the last three months, all over $1 million—demonstrating the CFTC’s strong commitment to its whistleblowers.
These awards make good on CFTC Enforcement Director James McDonald’s...
Project Proposes Legislative Action to Protect and Incentivize AML Whistleblowers
Offshore Alert and the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists were joined by Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Lawyers Poppy Alexander, Eric Havian, and Michael Ronickher in developing a proposal to enact legislation that would create statutory incentives and protections for whistleblowers with information about money laundering.
The proposal, unveiled on May 25, 2020, was developed in response to a...
Canadian Accountability Experts Propose Comprehensive “Hack” Promoting Increased Transparency and Support for Whistleblowers
A group of prominent accountability experts have come up with a comprehensive proposal designed to increase transparency and whistleblower protections in Canada. The Canadian COVID-19 Accountability Group (CCAG), comprised of former whistleblowers and other experts from academia, law, policing and journalism, was created in response to Constantine Cannon’s FT Innovative Lawyers Global Legal Hackathon challenge. The...
A Different Way to Protect Congressional Whistleblowers
Government whistleblowers have taken a beating these last few weeks, in particular at the hands of both President Trump and Senator Rand Paul in the course of the impeachment trial. But whistleblowers may have some potent ways to fight back.
First, throughout the short duration of the impeachment trial, Senator Rand Paul used his soapbox both in and out of Senate chambers to loudly proclaim the alleged name of...
Catch of the Week: Teva, A Pharmaceutical Company, Pays $54M to Settle Kickback Allegations
A recent settlement between the Department of Justice and Teva, a pharmaceutical company, show how creative, and how hard to identify, kickbacks allegedly paid to physicians can be. The company has agreed to pay $54M to resolve claims when it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to doctors to boost sales of two of their drugs.
Broadly speaking, the Anti-Kickback statute prohibits healthcare providers,...
Following Whistleblower Testimony, FAA Administrator Vows to Investigate Boeing
Ed Pierson, a former Boeing manager turned whistleblower, testified before Congress on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, that the Boeing plant where the company's 737 Max was produced was a "factory in chaos," with production issues that may have played a role in two crashes that killed a total of 346 people. Pierson, who worked for Boeing from 2008 until his retirement in 2018, is represented by the whistleblower...