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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.

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 20, 2013

Posted  09/20/13
medicaljpgStudy says up to 440,000 U.S. deaths per year are from hospital mistakes – The Journal of Patient Safety findings make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America behind heart disease and cancer.  ProPublica Halliburton guilty of destroying evidence in Gulf spill fiasco – The company pleads guilty to charges that it destroyed evidence to cover up its potential liability for the Deepwater Horizon...

Money, Drugs, Sex, Exploitation -- The Sordid State of OSU Football

Posted  09/19/13
By Gordon Schnell We read about it all the time.  How the deep drive to succeed in college football and to share in the vast riches that come with it, have caused many gridiron programs to take extreme measures to secure a winning season.  Spanking new stadiums; state-of-the-art training facilities; under-the-table payments to players; cutting corners on academics; condoning player misbehavior.  You name...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 17, 2013

Posted  09/17/13
Art dealer pleads guilty over selling fakes – Glafira Rosales admits to a 15-year, $80 million forgery scheme of passing off as genuine works from such Modernist masters as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko actual fakes painted by a Chinese immigrant in his Queens garage. NYT Social Security pays out $1.3 billion in wrongful disability claims – The Government Accountability Office finds that these payments...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 13, 2013

Posted  09/13/13
Female politicians less corrupt – According to a study out of Rice University, female politicians in democratic countries are less likely than their male counterparts to participate in and tolerate corrupt practices.  Time FTC investigating new Facebook privacy policy – Following a storm of protest from users and privacy advocates, the FTC is investigating Facebook’s new requirement that users allow the...

JP Morgan Testing the Boundaries of FCPA Foreign Bribery Rules

Posted  09/12/13
By Gordon Schnell It is a practice that apparently has been going on for years by Wall Street's biggest banks.  Hire the children of high-up Chinese officials and use them to secure big deals in China's ever-expanding economy.  There is nothing inherently wrong with hiring well-connected people.  After all, relationships are what matter most in the business world.  The problem is that when it comes to doing...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 10, 2013

Posted  09/10/13
Government’s graphic anti-smoking campaign shows strong results – The CDC reports that the $54 million TIPS ad series funded by the Affordable Care Act caused 200,000 Americans to quit smoking and saved 300,000 years of life, one of the most cost-effective prevention efforts ever.  Washington Post NASCAR penalizes top racing team for cheating – The sanctioning body levied stiff penalties against Michael...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 6, 2013

Posted  09/6/13
Made in China USDA ends ban of processed chicken imports from China – These products, whether used in chicken noodle soup or chicken nuggets, can now be sold in the U.S. without any disclosure that they come out of China.  NPR Government report slams USDA’s new poultry inspection procedures – A report by the Government Accountability Office questions the validity of the USDA’s new inspection plan, finding it based...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 3, 2013

Posted  09/3/13
Head of NYC’s top high school mishandles cheating scandal – A new report finds that Stanley Teitel, principal of the elite Stuyvesant High School, failed to properly investigate and thwart a cheating operation involving 60 students using smart phones to obtain answers to standardized tests.  NYT Flawed factory inspections abroad – Despite the increased level of scrutiny following the Rana Plaza factory...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - August 30, 2013

Posted  08/30/13
NFL settles concussion lawsuit for $765 million – The action was brought by thousands of former players suffering health problems who accused the NFL of hiding the risks of football-related brain injury.  Reuters Fast-food workers strike for higher wages – The protesting workers participated in about 60 cities and called for the right to unionize without interference and for a doubling of their meager hourly...

Fifth Circuit Eliminates Key Whistleblower Retaliation Protections Under Dodd-Frank – A Pyrrhic Victory for Corporations

Posted  08/29/13
By Gordon Schnell In a legal ruling that many corporations are surely celebrating, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has significantly narrowed the scope of who qualifies as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act.  It is only those individuals who actually provide information to the government (through the SEC or CFTC).  If a whistleblower only reports internally, to a supervisor or through the company's...
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