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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.

Concerns Continue Over Fracking Contamination

Posted  08/15/13
By Gordon Schnell The dispute over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, rages on with neither side giving much credence to the other.  Proponents of the practice insist it is a safe and cost-effective way to unlock vast new supplies of oil and natural gas -- billions and billions of gallons worth.  Opponents argue that the millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals pumped deep into the ground to break apart...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - August 13, 2013

Posted  08/13/13
Federal judge blasts NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy as unconstitutional racial profiling – Manhattan federal judge Shira Scheindlin found the practice improperly targets young black and Hispanic men and appointed a federal monitor to oversee major reforms.  NYT, Reuters Government sues to block US Airways/American Airlines merger – The DOJ and several states sued to block the $11B merger claiming it would lead...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - August 9, 2013

Posted  08/9/13
NCAA stops selling jerseys, admitting practice was mistake – The NCAA will stop selling team and player merchandise acknowledging it was hypocritical to what the association holds out to be its core purpose.  ESPN Government sues BofA over mortgage fraud – DOJ sues Bank of America claiming it lied to investors about the risks of roughly a billion dollars worth of mortgage securities.  NYT Possible...

The Whistleblower Dilemma – Serving Fairness or Loyalty

Posted  08/8/13
By Gordon Schnell As the escapades of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have demonstrated all too well, there are typically two directly conflicting sides to the whistleblower narrative.  Whistleblowers are heroes for speaking out and trying to remedy what they perceive to be some serious act of unfairness or injustice.  Or they are scoundrels for betraying the loyalty and trust of their colleagues.  It is this...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - August 6, 2013

Posted  08/6/13
FBI investigating company that approved Snowden security clearance – The FBI opened a criminal probe on charges that US Investigations Services (USIS), the firm that conducted the background check on NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, improperly rushed cases without proper review.  WSJ     Warning labels on football helmets provide protection against injury and potential liability – As concerns and the threat of...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - August 2, 2013

Posted  08/2/13
MLB planning to ban Alex Rodriguez for life – Sources say that Major League Baseball may be poised to issue a lifetime suspension to Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.  USA Today Former Goldman trader at center or mortgage crisis found guilty of fraud – In its first significant courtroom victory arising out of the financial crisis, the SEC succeeded in convincing...

Another Preemption Decision Sheltering Drug Makers from Liability

Posted  07/24/13
By Marlene Koury Pharmaceutical companies are on a roll.  They continue to prevail in court by relying on the preemption doctrine to block injured consumers from suing over defective drugs.  First, in the recent Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett and PLIVA v. Mensing decisions, the Supreme Court held that federal law bars suits against generic drug companies for defects in the design or labeling of their...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - July 23, 2013

Posted  07/23/13
Audit Reveals Serious Problems at GlaxoSmithKline Research Outpost in China – A confidential 2011 audit of the British pharmaceutical giant's drug development center in China has come to light, revealing troubling practices including failing to report the results of animal studies before beginning human trials for certain drugs and payments to hospitals and clinics contracted to run trials that could be...

The Simmering Storm Over America’s Secret Surveillance Court

Posted  07/17/13
By Gordon Schnell Among the many revelations emanating from the saga of Edward Snowden, America's most notorious whistleblower, is that a secret court with virtually no oversight is making our national security decisions on government surveillance.  It is the so-called FISA court that Congress established in 1978 under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  It was designed to rein in what many considered to...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - July 15, 2013

Posted  07/15/13
American sprinting champion Tyson Gay and other Olympians fail drug test – Adding to the growing list of fallen sports heroes, three sprinting superstars including Gay, and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell and Sheron Simpson all tested positive for banned substances.  Sports Illustrated Obama’s remarks on military sexual assaults makes prosecutions more difficult – The President was trying to send a strong message...
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