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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.

New Partners: Whistleblower Attorneys Hamsa Mahendranathan, Sarah “Poppy” Alexander, and Ari Yampolsky Elevated at Constantine Cannon

Posted  12/8/21
We are thrilled to announce that three of the most talented attorneys in the Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Group have been elevated to partnership in the firm.  All three have excelled in every category – writing, strategizing, expert work, client relations, co-counsel relations, opposing counsel relations, oral advocacy, public speaking, associate mentoring, business development, and case leadership. ...

Read the Essay Submitted by Zoe Monty-Montalvo in the Second Annual Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  12/7/21
The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is pleased to share with you the Fifth Place Winner of the firm's Second Annual Law School Whistleblower Essay Contest.  That award goes to Zoe Monty-Montalvo, a second-year student at UC Davis School of Law, Class of 2023. Zoe received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (magna cum laude) from UC Santa Barbara and her Master of Science in Elementary Education at Johns...

Former Regional Director of the SEC’s Chicago Office Joel R. Levin Joins Constantine Cannon’s Whistleblower Practice

Posted  12/3/21
Former Regional Director of the Chicago office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Joel R. Levin has joined Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower practice as Of Counsel. See C|C Press Release.  Mr. Levin brings a wealth and breadth of government experience handling complex fraud cases to the firm’s whistleblower practice. From 2018 to 2021, Mr. Levin served as the Regional Director of the Chicago...

2021 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate Alex Vlasov

Posted  12/3/21
Security Guard on Walkie-Talkie
Hollywood’s world of fictional fame and fortune produces few real-life whistleblowers; Alex Vlasov is an exception.  But he doesn’t work for a film studio, music company, or media conglomerate.  For nine years he worked in private security, for a company called Black Box Security in Woodland, California.  With a client roster of Hollywood personalities, “staffed by former elite members of the Israeli...

Our Whistleblower of the Year Nominations for 2021 are Coming Soon

Posted  12/3/21
2021 Whistleblower of the Year Annoucement
It is that time of year again when Whistleblower Insider asks for its readers to help select the Whistleblower of the Year.  As in past years, we are interested in showcasing the individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness, and a deep concern for public health and safety.  Voting begins in mid-December with the winners announced in...

Announcing the Winners of the Second Constantine Cannon Law School Essay Contest

Posted  12/3/21
Earlier this year, Constantine Cannon launched its Second Annual Law School Essay Writing Contest on the importance of whistleblowers.  We wanted to hear from our future leaders of the bar on the importance of whistleblowers and to instill at this early stage of their careers the much-needed recognition of and appreciation for the critical role whistleblowers play in our society. Well, close to a hundred students...

Is the privatization of whistleblower programs a trend?

Posted  12/3/21
various cryptocurrency on table
Tether is a type of cryptocurrency known as a “stablecoin.”  That means, in theory, that anyone buying Tether is promised Tether holds an equal amount of U.S. currency to back up your crypto purchases.  There’s just one problem with that:  no one has seen any proof that Tether actually holds anywhere close to sufficient currency to back up the billions in stablecoins traded.  All Tether has offered is an...

Constantine Cannon Client’s Ground-Breaking Auto Safety Whistleblower Award Makes Headlines

Posted  11/19/21
Busy Freeway
The precedent-setting $24.3 million whistleblower award to Constantine Cannon client Gwang Ho Kim, a former Hyundai safety engineer, received extensive coverage in the media, with stories highlighting the critical role Mr. Kim played in bringing information to federal regulators that resulted in the imposition of a record $210 million civil penalty on Hyundai and its affiliate Kia.  We link to just a few of those...

Catch of the Week: Archdiocese of New Orleans pays $1 million to Resolve Katrina-Related Allegations, Highlighting Importance of Enforcement in Disaster Recovery Fraud

Posted  11/19/21
New Orleans Jackson Square
We’ve covered this before: natural disasters and fraud against the government often go hand in hand. The government, through agencies and programs such the FEMA and the federally-backed flood and crop insurance programs, can distribute enormous sums of money very quickly in the wake of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and the like. Distributing lots of money quickly after natural disasters gets immediate help to...

SEC Whistleblower Program Reports Stunning 2021 Results

Posted  11/17/21
close up of capitol dome with United States flag
If you have been watching the SEC Whistleblower Program over the last year, you already know that this has been a big year, with the program passing one billion in total whistleblower awards as enforcement matters based on information from whistleblowers have resulted in orders for nearly $5 billion in monetary sanctions.  This week, the SEC released its 2021 Annual Report on the SEC Whistleblower Program, and, even...
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