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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.

Whistleblowing and College Sports (Interview on Fox Sports Radio with Gordon Schnell)

Posted  05/1/13
Click here for an interview by Fox Sports Radio with Constantine Cannon partner Gordon Schnell on how the Penn State and Rutgers sports scandals are just the latest examples of why a strong whistleblower program is necessary to deal with the recurring abuse and misconduct in college sports.  For more on this subject, click here for Mr. Schnell’s article in College Sports Business News.

Pharmaceutical Case Presents Novel Use of False Claims Act

Posted  05/1/13
(As reported in Thomson Reuters) When you think of a whistleblower, you might think of an employee reporting on the misconduct of some giant corporate employer -- a David versus Goliath scenario.  On Friday, Reuters reminded us that this is not always the case, reporting on a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a very different kind of whistleblower -- a corporate competitor.  In this case, Amphastar...

Caffeine Overload – Continued Concerns Over Health Risks of High Energy Drinks on Kids

Posted  04/16/13
By Gordon Schnell They are supposed to be an antidote to the fast-paced, frenzied life we lead where there is too much to do and not enough time to do it.  At least that is one of the ways so-called high energy drinks are marketed.  These are those highly concentrated caffeine concoctions sold by the likes of Monster Beverage, Red Bull and Rockstar Energy which are designed to give you that extra boost when you...

Atlanta Educators Indicted for Widespread Cheating Scandal

Posted  04/10/13
By Marlene Koury 35 Atlanta public school employees, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, face criminal RICO and other charges for conspiring to fraudulently inflate state standardized test scores for financial rewards.  Allegations of cheating first arose when local media questioned how half of Atlanta’s schools achieved a 30 percent increase in student test scores from the previous year.  After a two...

Rutgers Scandal Just the Latest Example of the Need for Whistleblower Reform in College Sports

Posted  04/9/13
By Gordon Schnell (Published in College Sports Business News) Here we go again.  Another college sports scandal.  Another coach acting outside his dominion, placing his charges in harm's way.  Another university apologizing belatedly for failing to act sooner.  And another media frothing fest on the dreadful conduct and who else besides the coach is ultimately to blame (now that former Rutgers Athletic Director...

Some Greater Clarity on the FCPA's Reach Over Foreign Nationals

Posted  04/3/13
By Gordon Schnell and Jean Kim (Published by Thomson Reuters) Despite the government's ever-expanding crusade against foreign bribery, there has been little in the way of judicial guidance as to how far the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act allows the government to go.  Most cases settle at the gate as only the most brazen (or reckless) defendants want to take on the government in its drive to root out foreign...

Interview with Randy Fox, New York’s Whistleblower Chief, on New York as an Alternative to the IRS for Tax Whistleblowers

Posted  03/25/13
By Marlene Koury Whistleblower Insider interviewed Randy M. Fox, Bureau Chief of the Taxpayer Protection Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s Office, about the recent tax fraud case against the famous New York tailor, Mohanbhai “Mohan” Ramchandani, and the good work Mr. Fox’s office is doing under the New York False Claims Act. The Mohan case is the first resolution of a tax case brought under the...

Mayor Bloomberg Loses Battle on Soda Sizing, But the War on Sugar Rages on

Posted  03/22/13
By Gordon Schnell When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg puts his mind to something, he rarely comes up short.  But that is exactly what happened last week when State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling struck down the Mayor's plan to regulate the size of soda cups served in movie theatres, concert halls, restaurants and other eateries throughout the city.  For Justice Tingling, it was not even a close...

Deterring Financial Crime—Reconciling and Improving Upon the Diverging Approaches of U.S. Antitrust and Financial Regulation

Posted  03/20/13
By Gordon Schnell (published in Competition Policy International's Antitrust Chronicle) As they appeared before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee last month, financial regulators seemed more than a bit discomfited when asked about the last time they took a big bank to trial.  It was a rhetorical question more than anything.  And the media played it up as another example of what some see as the government's...

High Court to Hear Argument on Whether Injured Patients Can Hold Generic Drug Makers Accountable for Their Defective Drugs

Posted  03/13/13
By Jason Enzler Next Tuesday the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument on Mutual Pharmaceutical’s appeal of a $21 million jury award for serious injuries caused by one of its generic drugs.  Much more is at stake than the money, however, with many expecting the Justices to set out a broad rule on whether any patient can sue a generic drug maker for defects in the design of its drug. The underlying...
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