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Catch of the Week: Novartis Pays $729 Million to Settle Two Kickback Cases on Heels of $345 Million Foreign Bribery Settlement

Posted  07/2/20
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This week and last, pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis reached three settlements involving very different forms of unlawful kickbacks and bribes.  First, this week the company agreed to pay a total of $678 million to resolve a New York case alleging that it paid inflated “speaking fees” and provided other incentives to doctors to induce them to prescribe Novartis drugs.  Second, Novartis will pay $51.25...

Investigative Journalists Face Increasing Threats from Corrupt Regimes

Posted  06/26/20
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Journalists around the globe are facing increasingly serious threats to their safety and freedom as they report stories that do not please corrupt governments.  Most recently, Maria Ressa—a globally renowned investigative journalist from the Philippines—was found guilty last week for what is, by all accounts, a trumped-up charge of “cyber libel” based on a law that did not even exist at the time of the...

A Win-Win Solution: Italy Proposes a Legislative Hack for COVID-Related Whistleblowers

Posted  06/12/20
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As part of Constantine Cannon’s participation in the Financial Times Global Legal Hackathon, Partner Mary Inman collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to develop a hack to empower and protect COVID19 whistleblowers in Italy. Contributors include: Nicoletta Parisi, a professor of International Law at Universita degli Studi di Catania; Priscilla Robledo, a former IP attorney who now works as a campaigner on behalf...

Constantine Cannon’s Hackathon Challenge Generates Eleven Innovative Solutions to Protect COVID-19 Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
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The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is delighted to reveal eleven innovative Hacks created in response to our Challenge to find ways to harness the power of whistleblowers to stem the tide of COVID-19-related frauds and misinformation.  Constantine Cannon’s team of whistleblower attorneys submitted the Challenge to The Financial Times Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), a worldwide effort to draw on the...

Whistleblowers Welcome – Mary Inman Speaks at SCCE’s Virtual Conference for European Compliance Professionals

Posted  04/29/20
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On April 21, 2020, Constantine Cannon partner Mary Inman spoke  at the European Compliance and Ethics Institute (ECEI), a virtual conference organized by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), on the opportunities presented to European compliance officers by the 2019 EU Whistleblower Directive, including its requirement that companies create internal reporting mechanisms to facilitate...

In Norway, the Cozy World of Finance Collides with the Public Interest

Posted  04/22/20
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Norway is often held up as the exception to the so-called “resource curse”—a successful, well-managed country that has managed to escape the corruption and inequality so often rife in other oil-rich nations.  An emerging scandal involving the $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, a Sting concert, and a private jet known as the “Crystal Skye” is now threatening that reputation. Last September, Yngve...

SEC Starts 2020 with Almost $12 million in Whistleblower Awards

Posted  04/9/20
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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the SEC whistleblower program is very much open for business: the SEC has announced seven whistleblower awards in the past four months, including an award of over $7 million to a “tenacious” whistleblower who provided extensive and sustained assistance in connection with serious financial abuses despite suffering hardship. Under the program, whistleblowers – regardless of their...

It’s Live: Constantine Cannon’s EU Whistleblower Directive Transposition Guide

Posted  02/27/20
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After its presentation at the EU Parliament on February 4, 2020, Constantine Cannon’s transposition guide for journalists on the 2019 EU Whistleblower Directive is now available for public view. This guide, published by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), represents a collaborative effort by the Whistleblowing Team in London to clarify the Directive’s provisions for EFJ’s members and analyze its...

Whistleblower Law and Practice in the U.S. and Beyond – Gonzalez Speaks at Euro Latam Lex Conference

Posted  02/7/20
On February 6, 2020, Carolina Gonzalez of our London Office spoke at the VI International Congress of Euro Latam Lex in Washington, D.C.  This year’s edition focused on “Challenges in Compliance as we Enter the New ‘Roaring Twenties.’”  Carolina’s panel discussed key whistleblower reward programs in the US:  CFTC, SEC, IRS, and the False Claims Act, the expansion of similar programs in other...

Top Ten Whistleblower Developments of 2019

Posted  02/6/20
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By any measure, 2019 was a Very Big Year for whistleblowers.  Our annual Top Ten lists identified 2019’s most significant financial recoveries by whistleblowers, as well as recoveries in enforcement actions at the federal and state level involving government procurement, healthcare, financial, tax, and other types of fraud.  But the numbers, as impressive as they are, can’t tell the full story of the impact that...
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