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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.

The Hypocrisy of Big-Time College Sports

Posted  04/2/14
By Gordon Schnell and David Scupp (Published in CNN) The debate has gone on for years.  The athletes in big-time college sports bring in billions of dollars for their universities and the NCAA, but get nothing in return -- other than a scholarship that does not even cover the full cost of attending school.  Until now, it has been largely a philosophical discussion among academics and sports enthusiasts.  Are...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 1, 2014

Posted  04/1/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Federal court says $2.3 billion whistleblower lawsuit against Hawker Beechcraft Corp. is a go -- The decision reverses a bankruptcy court ruling that blocked litigation over allegedly defective parts used in planes sold to the U.S. government.  WSJ Whistleblower claims DuPont contamination in Louisiana – A just unsealed False Claims Act whistleblower suit by a longtime DuPont...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 28, 2014

Posted  03/28/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Air force fires officers over cheating – Nine officers were fired at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana as part of a widespread cheating scandal among those entrusted with launching intercontinental nuclear missiles.  NYT Second Chicago State whistleblower steps forward – Glenn Meeks, the university’s former CFO, files a lawsuit claiming he was fired in retaliation for...

NLRB Declares College Athletes are Employees Entitled to Unionize

Posted  03/27/14
By Gordon Schnell As if the NCAA did not have enough to worry about with the class action lawsuit filed last week attacking as an illegal price-fixing agreement the NCAA’s age-old ban on player compensation.  Now it has to deal with yesterday’s decision by the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago that Northwestern University scholarship football players are employees of the school and therefore entitled...

When Documenting a Crime Becomes a Crime

Posted  03/27/14
By Marlene Koury Last month, Idaho passed the latest of the so-called “Ag-Gag” bills that have been introduced in state legislatures over the past few years.  This law, much like the Ag-Gag laws already passed in Iowa, Utah, Missouri, North Dakota, Montana and Kansas, bans anyone -- including journalists, employees, and animal rights activists – from photographing or filming anything inside factory farms and...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 25, 2014

Posted  03/25/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Ireland’s police chief resigns over whistleblower flap – This stems from the remarks made by the Irish Republic’s top cop, Martin Callinan, before a parliamentary committee in January where he described as “quite disgusting” the actions of two whistleblowers reporting misconduct within the force.  Businessweek Despite settlement, whistleblower continues to face...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 21, 2014

Posted  03/21/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Largest-ever US tax fraud phone scam – IRS watchdog warns that scammers pose as the IRS collection department and target people worried about immigration status -- fearing deportation or arrest, they pay up.  Reuters Arkansas court reverses $1.2B J&J Risperdal Medicaid fraud judgment – The Arkansas Supreme Court throws out the judgment, finding the state attorney general...

Of Rats and Whistleblowers

Posted  03/20/14
By Gordon Schnell We have made some progress in how we feel about whistleblowers.  Unfortunately, that old school-yard “nobody likes a snitch” mentality still remains firmly entrenched in our collective psyche, even among the group singularly tasked with serving and protecting us -- the NYPD.  Look no further than the emerging story of now retired NYPD Detective James Griffin.  He was ostracized and...

Separating the Myth from Reality of Big-Time College Sports

Posted  03/20/14
By Gordon Schnell It has been the subject of heated debate for years.  The student-athletes in big-time college sports -- FBS football and men’s Division I basketball -- bring in billions of dollars a year for their universities and the NCAA but are entitled to nothing in return other than a scholarship that most agree does not even cover the full cost of attending school.  Up until now, it has been largely a...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - March 18, 2014

Posted  03/18/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team NCAA sued for the full monty – High-profile sports labor attorney, Jeffrey Kellner, has filed a class action lawsuit against the NCAA challenging its age-old ban on paying college athletes.  ESPN NYAG goes after “insider trading 2.0” – Eric Schneiderman announced a new inquiry into services that allow fast traders to profit on important information before other investors...
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