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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.

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America’s Ambivalence towards Whistleblowers: Highlights from a Fordham Panel of Whistleblower Experts

Posted  03/13/14
By Marlene Koury The Center on National Security and PEN American Center hosted a riveting panel Tuesday evening at Fordham Law School on the critical role whistleblowers play in keeping America safe and the continued ambivalence so many feel toward them.  The five panelists explored the historical, cultural, legal and political dimensions of whistleblowing, along with recent controversies surrounding Edward...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 11, 2014

Posted  03/11/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team SEC probes Halliburton anti-whistleblower activity – The investigation centers on claims that the company has required whistleblowers seeking to report fraud to sign confidentiality statements barring them from disclosing the allegations to federal prosecutors and investigators.  Washington Post Another vindicated but broken whistleblower – The extortion case against...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 7, 2014

Posted  03/7/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Playboy to pay in largest SOX whistleblower verdict – A jury returned the largest verdict yet under Sarbanes-Oxley's whistleblower provisions on allegations that the company, famous for its pictures of nude women, retaliated against an employee reporting on fraud involving executive bonuses.  Chicago Tribune Women and hedge funds – An in-depth discussion about the dearth of...

WildLeaks – The Newest Source for Wildlife Whistleblowers

Posted  03/6/14
By Marlene Koury Wildlife crime is big business – and it’s getting bigger.  It is the fourth largest transnational crime in the world, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.  And it is worth at least $17 billion a year.  The World Wildlife Fund recently said that in 50 years of conservation work, it has never seen wildlife crime on the scale that it exists today. Wildlife crime includes...

Supreme Court Takes Broad View of Whistleblower Protection

Posted  03/6/14
By Jason Enzler A Supreme Court decision this week settled a brewing conflict among authorities on who can benefit from the anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX).  And the outcome is good for whistleblowers.   The Supreme Court ruled that employees of private contractors and subcontractors who provide services to public companies can be protected whistleblowers...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 4, 2014

Posted  03/4/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Supreme Court expands protections for SOX whistleblowers – the court ruled that, under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, private contractors, such as outside accountants, auditors and lawyers, cannot be fired or punished for exposing fraud. LA Times SEC files amicus brief in closely-watched Siemens whistleblower case --  the SEC asserts that whistleblowers who go through an internal...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - February 28, 2014

Posted  02/28/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Sprint loses bid to dismiss NY False Claims Act case – In a suit originally brought by a whistleblower, the New York attorney general’s case against Sprint for nearly $400 million alleging it deliberately failed to pay sales taxes will go forward.  Bloomberg Break-in at whistleblower organization – A recent break-in at the Project on Government Oversight (no sensitive...

Monthly Roundup - February 2014

Posted  02/27/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the key whistleblower and fraud developments we have written about over the past month: Featured Posts and Commentary Petition to Change the Face of Whistleblowers Of the thirty synonyms Thesaurus.com and Merriam-Webster provide to describe whistleblower, the vast majority of them are deeply derogatory and paint the whistleblower as dishonest, disloyal...

Companies Warming to Internal Whistleblower Reporting Programs, But Not Doing Enough to Support Them

Posted  02/27/14
By Marlene Koury A recent report shows that internal whistleblower reporting programs are getting stronger.  Companies are continuing to invest in the development of these programs as a way to ferret out fraud and misconduct.  And more and more employees are stepping up and reporting misdeeds, providing higher quality tips than ever before.  But as concerns are being shared in record numbers, the report also...

Another Record-Breaking Year in the Government’s Campaign Against Health Care Fraud

Posted  02/27/14
By Jason Enzler The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services released their annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report yesterday to much fanfare.  And justifiably so.  The report documented the breaking of several records in the government’s ongoing fight against health care fraud. According to the report, for every $1 the government spent on combating health care fraud over the...
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