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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.

Maryland State Senate Introduces a Bill to Establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program

Posted  02/15/19
In a time of increasing concern about climate change and environmental destruction, one state is ramping up efforts to conserve natural resources and encourage everyday citizens to join the fight. Just last week, the Maryland State Senate introduced a bill to establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program to assist enforcement activities related to the protection of state parks, water, forests, and land. The...

WATCH THIS SPACE: DOJ and DOE Call Out Lockheed Martin for Self-Dealing at Hanford Plutonium Site

Posted  02/15/19
By Jessica T. Moore
The nation’s largest toxic cleanup site has suffered another setback, this time not in the cleanup itself but in alleged self-dealing, corruption, kickbacks, and lies, costing taxpayers over $60M, according to a complaint filed by DOJ against Mission Support Alliance, Lockheed Martin Services (and a subsidiary), and Jorge Francisco Armijo. The Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state made plutonium for...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Comments on Importance of Anonymity for Whistleblowers to Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/15/19
London partner Mary Inman was recently quoted in DC-based Government Accountability Project (GAP)’s blog post about effective whistleblower protection in emerging international laws. Among other priorities, the long-standing Government Accountability Project brings attention to important whistleblower issues, corporate and financial accountability, and international whistleblower rights – issues that are...

Constantine Cannon’s Harry Litman Chosen by Washington Post as a Regular Columnist

Posted  02/15/19
The Washington Post has tapped Constantine Cannon’s own Harry Litman to be a regular contributing columnist to its Opinions pages. Harry’s column will focus on a variety of topical legal issues. In addition to his many years of representing whistleblowers, Harry’s remarkable experience includes his work as a U.S. attorney, deputy assistant attorney general, Supreme Court law clerk, and more recently, teaching at...

2018 Whistleblower of the Year Goes To... Siobhan O’Connor

Posted  02/11/19
The votes are in, and Whistleblower Insider’s 2018 Whistleblower of the Year is Siobhan O’Connor. Siobhan O’Connor was a devout, lifelong Catholic when she landed her dream job as the executive assistant to Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo. In her own words, she was “overjoyed” to be working for her “beloved Church.” But the job “went from a dream to a nightmare in about three...

Catch of the Week – Justice Department Sues Tennessee Pharmacies and Pharmacists Illegally Dispensing Opioids

Posted  02/11/19
On Friday, the Justice Department announced that it has sued several pharmacies and pharmacists in Tennessee to stop them from illegally dispensing opioids. According to the complaint, both defendants have “fueled and profited from” the opioid epidemic by “repeatedly dispensing opioids and other controlled substances prone to abuse without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional...

Catch of the Week – EHR Developer Greenway Health to Pay $57.25 Million to Settle FCA Allegations

Posted  02/8/19
Electronic health records (EHR) software developer Greenway Health LLC agreed to pay $57.25 million to resolve allegations that it committed fraud by misrepresenting to its users the capabilities of its EHR product “Prime Suite” and by providing unlawful remuneration to users to induce them to recommend Prime Suite. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the government made incentive payments...

Catch of the Week – Inform Diagnostics

Posted  02/1/19
Texas-based pathology laboratory company Inform Diagnostics, formerly known as Miraca Life Sciences Inc., agreed on January 30th to a $63.5 million settlement to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”), the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), and the Stark Law by providing subsidies to referring physicians for electronic health record (“EHR”) technology as well as free or discounted...

New Yorker Article on Whistleblowers Features Constantine Cannon

Posted  01/28/19
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In an article titled “The Personal Toll of Whistle-Blowing” published in the February 4, 2019, New Yorker magazine, Sheelah Kolhatkar describes the cases of two Constantine Cannon whistleblower clients, and features whistleblower attorney Mary Inman.  Focusing on False Claims Act cases involving fraud in the Medicare Advantage program, the article details how the FCA “effectively turned average citizens into a...

Top Ten Federal False Claims Act Recoveries of 2018

Posted  01/28/19
The federal False Claims Act, under which whistleblowers can bring claims to report fraud and misconduct in government contracts and programs, is the foundation of the Department of Justice's fraud recovery and the U.S. whistleblower reward system.  In 2018, the U.S. recovered over $2 billion from defendants who sought to cheat the system. The top FCA settlements for calendar year 2018, based on the amount of the...
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