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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.

DOJ Catch of the Week -- SunTrust

Posted  06/20/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "catch of the week" goes to SunTrust Mortgage Inc., the mortgage lending arm of SunTrust Bank. On Tuesday, the Justice Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and virtually every state attorney general in the country, reached a $968 million agreement with the bank to resolve...

Breaking: SCOTUS Sides with Public Employee in Retaliation Case

Posted  06/19/14
By Marlene Koury This morning, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that public employees cannot be fired or retaliated against for testifying as concerned citizens about corruption. The case involved a community college employee, Edward Lane, who was fired after testifying during a 2006 federal corruption trial that a state legislator was on the college's payroll, despite doing no work.   Even though the...

SEC Settles First Whistleblower Retaliation Case; Warns There Will Be More

Posted  06/19/14
By Jason Enzler The Securities and Exchange Commission announced another ground-breaking development for its whistleblower program earlier this week, releasing details on its first whistleblower retaliation case filed under the Dodd-Frank Act.  In doing so, the SEC sent an unambiguous message:  They are just getting started in going after companies that retaliate against whistleblowers. At issue was...

Low Scores for US Healthcare . . . Again; Is Help on the Way?

Posted  06/19/14
hospiceBy Gordon Schnell The US healthcare system is the most expensive in the world.  Yet, it continues to rank poorly when compared to the healthcare systems of other developed countries.  In fact, when compared to the most developed countries around the globe, the state of our overall healthcare system comes in dead last.  At least that is the finding of the report issued this week by The Commonwealth Fund titled

Whistleblower News from the Inside - June 17, 2014

Posted  06/17/14
New Picture (9) By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team SEC brings first whistleblower retaliation action --  Paradigm Capital and its owner agreed to pay $2.2M for engaging in prohibited transactions and then sought  retribution against the employee who reported the illicit trading activity.  Compliance Week New study shows insider trading runs rampant -- According to the detailed study by professors from NYU and McGill...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - June 13, 2014

Posted  06/13/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Whistleblower reveals highway guardrails become “deadly spears on impact” -- For any of you who travel on highways or have loved ones who do (in other words, probably all of us), this report on a whistleblower lawsuit is worth a read.  Bloomberg SEC warns against whistleblower retaliation -- The agency says it plans to take harsher measures, above and beyond back pay and...

Third Circuit Deepens Divide on What Courts Require of Qui Tam Complaints

Posted  06/12/14
By Jason Enzler Last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that it would join three other circuit courts in rejecting a more restrictive view of what qui tam relators must allege in order to survive challenges to their False Claims Act complaints. In doing so, the Third Circuit’s decision in Foglia, ex rel. U.S. v. Renal Ventures Management, LLC has deepened the split forming among the circuit...

Medicare Unmasked -- The Continued Campaign to Rein In Medicare Fraud

Posted  06/12/14
By Gordon Schnell As part of its ongoing crusade to shine a light on Medicare reimbursement, the Wall Street Journal has uncovered some disturbing details on how certain doctors appear to be gaming the system. This comes from the Journal's rummaging through the Medicare data the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in April -- the first time ever -- on nearly a million healthcare providers. What...

"Stand with Snowden" Campaign Launched

Posted  06/12/14
By Marlene Koury International whistleblower support group the Courage Foundation launched a "Stand with Snowden" campaign in Berlin last night to garner support for Snowden as the end date for his temporary asylum fast approaches. The campaign asks Snowden supporters to upload photographs of themselves (or their friends, family and colleagues) holding a sign saying where you are from and that you "Stand with...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - June 10, 2014

Posted  06/10/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Whistleblower exposes $18.4M fraud at U.S. Postal Service -- A report requested by Senator Grassley was recently released that confirms a whistleblower tip regarding the mishandling of contract payments at the U.S.P.S.  NBC - Omaha VA IG subpoenas whistleblower group -- The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) will fight the government’s demand for information the group...
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