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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 - December 17, 2013

Posted  12/17/13
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Federal judge rules NSA’s bulk collection of phone records likely unconstitutional – Somewhat redeeming the exploits of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, DC District Judge Richard Leon finds the NSA’s sweeping collection of U.S. phone records “indiscriminate,” “arbitrary,” “almost Orwellian,” and an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. 

Whistleblower News from the Inside - December 13, 2013

Posted  12/13/13
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team FDA finally takes steps to restrict antibiotics in livestock – The new rule would bar farmers and ranchers from using the wonder drugs to fatten up their cows, pigs and chickens, but many complain of a loophole that would allow continued use of antibiotics for disease “prevention.”  NYT SEC whistleblower program helping DOJ – Ron Knox, head of DOJ’s criminal fraud...

24 Steps Forward and 1 Giant Step Back on the Path to UK Whistleblower Reform

Posted  12/12/13
By Gordon Schnell Major kudos to Public Concern at Work (PCW), the highly regarded UK whistleblower charity, for its recent report on how best to advance whistleblowing in the Commonwealth.  It contains 25 recommendations to encourage more people to say something when they see something wrong in their workplace, and protect them from retaliation for doing so.  If adopted, the recommendations could go a long way...

What’s in Your Herbal Supplement?

Posted  12/12/13
By Gordon Schnell The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old fashioned way some of our most nagging conditions.  No prescriptions.  No drugs.  No chemicals.  No synthetic compounds.  Just a simple dose of some unadulterated organic goodness.  What better way of tending to that nasty cold or flu, or dealing...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - December 10, 2013

Posted  12/10/13
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Feds approve long-awaited Volcker Rule – The newest Dodd-Frank provision will try to draw a line between everyday banking and Wall Street wheeling-dealing by, among other things, barring banks from trading for their own gain.  NYT Sysco to buy US Foods rival for $3.5B – Assuming regulatory approval, the merger will create a food distribution giant with $65B in annual revenue...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - December 6, 2013

Posted  12/6/13
  By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team What are these Bitcoins anyway? – Whatever they are, tread carefully because “fraud, hacking and outright theft [] have become an increasingly regular part of the virtual currency world” with little regulatory response.  NYT Obama admits Snowden raised issues of legitimate concern – But also says the whistleblower disclosures have been “highly sensationalized” and...

2013 Corruption Index “Paints a Worrying Picture”

Posted  12/4/13
By Marlene Koury Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index yesterday which “paints a worrying picture” of worldwide corruption.  The index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 177 countries and ranks them on a scale of 0 to 100.  A score of 100 signifies that the country is “very clean” and a score of 0 signifies that the country is “highly...

Judge Posner Strikes a Small Win for Class Actions

Posted  12/4/13
By Jason Enzler Earlier this week a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, led by legal luminary Judge Richard Posner, took the relatively rare step of reversing a district court’s denial of a motion for class certification.  The opinion in Phillips v. Asset Acceptance, LLC rejected the lower court’s ruling that would have limited the reach of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and narrowly...

Bring in the Whistleblowers and Pay Them – The Next Logical Step in Advancing Antitrust Enforcement

Posted  12/4/13
By Gordon Schnell (Published in Competition Policy International) Corporate leniency.  It is for most countries these days the key foundation to cartel enforcement.  Encouraging the wrongdoers to come forward, confess their antitrust transgressions, expose their co-conspirators, and receive absolution or some form of leniency in return.  By most accounts, these programs have worked fairly well.  Some would...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - December 3, 2013

Posted  12/3/13
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Air Force allegedly using stealth whistleblower program – The “secret system” of informants is reportedly being used at the Air Force Academy with “FBI-style tactics” to expose wrongdoing, but questions emerge on how the whistleblowers are treated.  Fox Hospital pricing continues to soar – Costing patients more than $4,000 per day and topping $500 for a single...
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