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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.

What Maryland can Learn from the IRS on the State’s New Tax Program: Ari Yampolsky and Michael Ronickher in the Washington Post

Posted  07/13/21
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Opening with the warning “tax cheats beware,” Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys Ari Yampolsky and Michael Ronickher published an opinion piece in the Washington Post detailing the provisions of Maryland’s new tax whistleblower reward program, which covers state and county tax fraud and underpayments. While New York has long allowed whistleblowers to use its state False Claims Act to bring tax claims,...

In Defense of Whistleblowers: Poppy Alexander Appears on Law & Disorder Podcast

Posted  07/13/21
Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorney Poppy Alexander was interviewed as a featured guest on the Law & Disorder podcast.  In an interview with Heidi Boghosian, Poppy discussed the False Claims Act, including its rewards and protections for whistleblowers.  The FCA allows private persons, known as relators, to bring what are called qui tam lawsuits on the government’s behalf, and claim a share of any recovery...

FDA’s Approval of Alzheimer’s Drug Highlights Need for Whistleblowers

Posted  07/9/21
By Edward Baker
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to protect American consumers from unscrupulous private actors—charlatans, snake-oil salesmen, and the like—seeking to profit by selling unproven medical “cures,” treatments, and devices to the public.  Emerging during the era of the robber barons as part of Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to “civilize capitalism,” the FDA has prevented untold harm to...

Catch of the Week: Medical Device Companies to Pay $38.75M Over Defective Coagulation Monitor Allegations Linked to Patient Deaths, Injuries

Posted  07/9/21
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Medical device manufacturers Alere Inc. and Alere San Diego Inc. will pay nearly $40 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly sold defective blood coagulation monitors used by Medicare beneficiaries and falsely billed Medicare for the devices. The monitors are supposed to ensure that patients taking anticoagulant drugs receive a safe dosage to avoid life-threatening consequences from too much or too little...

Not Wanting to Be Left Behind, the UK Introduces Two Bills in Parliament Seeking to Improve UK’s Whistleblower Protections

Posted  07/2/21
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The European Union is on the cusp of taking a quantum leap in the protection of whistleblowers. Whereas previously only 8 of the 27 member states had national laws protecting whistleblowers, the new EU Whistleblowing Directive (Directive 2019/1937)  requires that all 27 member states transpose into national law sweeping whistleblower protections by the end of this year, creating a blanket of whistleblower protections...

Can the False Claims Act Protect Immigration Detainees from Forced Labor?

Posted  07/2/21
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By William Greenlaw A recent human rights case raises a novel question of False Claims Act applicability: when private immigration detention facilities defraud the government by forcing individuals into labor. The federal government has a vast regulatory and statutory scheme meant to stop federal contractors from using trafficked labor. But forced labor in detention facilities has historically been overlooked....

SEC Cracks Down Again on Companies Chilling Whistleblowers from Reporting Wrongdoing

Posted  07/2/21
By Carolina Gonzalez
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A company’s restrictive compliance manual and training materials ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Rule 21F-17(a), prohibiting actions restricting, impeding, or discouraging whistleblowers from directly reporting wrongdoing to the Commission.  In its settlement against New York broker-dealer Guggenheim Securities, LLC (Guggenheim), the SEC not only censured Guggenheim but also hit it...

Catch of the Week: a Medley of Contracting Fraud in Telecom

Posted  06/25/21
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This week’s Catch of the Week goes to Level 3 Communications, which agreed to pay $12.7M to resolve claims that the company paid kickbacks paid to former Level 3 officials in return for favorable treatment to subcontractors in connection with government contracts, improperly obtained competitive bid information of competitors, and misstated compliance with woman-owned small business subcontracting requirements to...

Biden Administration Focuses on Cybersecurity in Government Contracting – What Can Whistleblowers Do?

Posted  06/21/21
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Following a number of high-profile cybersecurity incidents, the Biden administration is taking steps to improve the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure.  The federal government is making cybersecurity an enforcement priority, devoting additional resources to enforcement and upgrades, and strengthening technology standards.  Many of these planned improvements focus on the federal government’s own information...

A New Day for Data Whistleblowers: DOJ Joins First False Claims Act Case Brought by Data Analysis Firm Whistleblower

Posted  06/17/21
By Mary Inman, Max Voldman
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In a potential watershed moment, data whistleblowing pioneer Integra Med Analytics secured their first government intervention in a False Claims Act case alleging Medicare billing fraud against a group of skilled nursing facilities in New York. Integra's action alleges that over the course of almost a decade, the fraud resulted in overcharges exceeding $129 million.

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