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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.

Catch of the Week: Teva, A Pharmaceutical Company, Pays $54M to Settle Kickback Allegations

Posted  01/9/20
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A recent settlement between the Department of Justice and Teva, a pharmaceutical company, show how creative, and how hard to identify, kickbacks allegedly paid to physicians can be. The company has agreed to pay $54M to resolve claims when it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to doctors to boost sales of two of their drugs. Broadly speaking, the Anti-Kickback statute prohibits healthcare providers,...

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2019

Posted  01/9/20
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2019 was another strong year for whistleblowers, who once again collectively recovered billions of dollars for the government and hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards through their filing of lawsuits under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Whistleblowers this past year also continued to secure financial rewards under the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower and CFTC Whistleblower programs,...

Federal Audit Reveals Billions of Dollars in Medicare Advantage Overpayments

Posted  12/20/19
A new government report reveals what whistleblowers and their counsel have known for some time: the Medicare Advantage program is vulnerable to fraud committed by unscrupulous private health insurance companies, as well as their owners, vendors, affiliates, and even some doctors.  These bad actors make patients enrolled in MA plans appear sicker than they actually are in order to increase their corporate profits. ...

Why Whistleblowers Should be Honorary Members of the new Antitrust Strike Force

Posted  12/20/19
When our firm represented a whistleblower who brought down the largest oil companies in Korea for bid-rigging, resulting in fines and penalties of over $360 million, we did not imagine the case would play a role in launching a new initiative, the Justice Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force. The Strike Force is an interagency partnership tasked with rooting out collusive schemes like bid-rigging. The new...

Watch: Partner Eric Havian Speaks with CNN About Client’s Congressional Testimony on Boeing 737 Max

Posted  12/18/19
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Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Partner Eric Havian was featured on CNN to discuss Constantine Cannon client Ed Pierson’s testimony before Congress. Mr. Pierson, a former Boeing manager, testified to Congress regarding production problems he witnessed and internally reported in connection with the Boeing 737 Max. Just days after Mr. Pierson’s testimony, Boeing announced it would halt 737 Max production. Watch...

Catch of the Week: Ericsson Agrees to Pay Record-Setting $1 Billion for FCPA Violations

Posted  12/12/19
By Carolina Gonzalez
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This week’s “Catch of the Week” is a Swedish fish: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, the telecommunications giant based in Stockholm, agreed to pay over $1 billion in penalties, including $540 million to the SEC and $520 million to the DOJ, for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).  This is one of the largest FCPA settlements in history.  Ericsson’s corrupt conduct was pervasive and...

SEC Whistleblower Program 2019 Annual Report Tells Story of Significant Impact - Despite Beginning the Year with a Government Shutdown

Posted  12/12/19
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In its 2019 Annual Report to Congress, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower described its program as continuing to have a “significant impact” on enforcement and investor protection efforts.  In the fiscal year that ended in September 2019, the SEC Whistleblower Program received the second highest number of tips in program history, and issued the third largest whistleblower award to date. These numbers...

Following Whistleblower Testimony, FAA Administrator Vows to Investigate Boeing

Posted  12/11/19
Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington
Ed Pierson, a former Boeing manager turned whistleblower, testified before Congress on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, that the Boeing plant where the company's 737 Max was produced was a "factory in chaos," with production issues that may have played a role in two crashes that killed a total of 346 people.  Pierson, who worked for Boeing from 2008 until his retirement in 2018, is represented by the whistleblower...

Blowing the Whistle on Environmental Abuse: Investigation of Kanto Kosan for Wastewater Dumping at Naval Bases in Japan

Posted  12/6/19
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Earlier this week, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Navy’s law enforcement arm, announced that it was investigating contractor Kanto Kosan for allegedly dumping wastewater from warships at harbors in Navy bases in Japan. The investigation was triggered by a tip submitted to Japanese Customs. The FBI and Department of Justice have also joined the investigation. According to the Wall Street...

EU, UK, and Canadian Whistleblowers Receive New or Enhanced Protections

Posted  12/5/19
By Ginger Buck
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Three recent international developments have occurred that will further enable and encourage whistleblowers to report alleged wrongdoing, and provide guidance for employers and organizations to respond to such complaints. The European Union formally adopted a whistleblower protection directive on September 25, 2019, requiring organizations with 50 or more workers to establish internal reporting channels over the...
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