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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.

Another Record Year for DOJ Whistleblower Recoveries

Posted  01/16/14
whistleblower_successesBy the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The DOJ just released its annual compilation of False Claims Act (FCA) statistics.  Once again, the numbers are sure to raise eyebrows.  Overall, the DOJ recovered $3.8 billion during FY 2013 – an amount second only to last year’s record-breaking recovery of almost $5 billion.  Neither of these figures reflects criminal fines and forfeitures or state recoveries for...

Supreme Court Rules State AG Suits Free from CAFA Restraints

Posted  01/16/14
Whistleblower_resourcesBy the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, that the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) does not apply to so-called parens patriae actions.  These are lawsuits filed by state attorneys general to recover damages on behalf of their residents for corporate misconduct.  The decision, Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp., is notable...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 14, 2014

Posted  01/14/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Another NJ mayor accuses Christie of political payback – Steven Fulop, mayor of NJ’s second largest city, Jersey City, claims the governor’s administration withdrew promised financial support for the city after Fulop declined to endorse Christie in his re-election campaign.  NYT DOJ intervenes in 8 whistleblower cases against Health Management Associates – The cases,...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 10, 2014

Posted  01/10/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team UNC whistleblower reports on academic failings of university’s top athletes – On the heels of the UNC academic fraud scandal involving inflated grades and phantom courses, a university researcher presents startling findings on the reading level of the school’s big-money “student-athletes.”  CNN Growing bridge scandal puts Christie on defensive – The...

The Constitutionality of the NSA Spying Program – Great Minds Do Not Think Alike

Posted  01/9/14
By Gordon Schnell The battle rages on over the constitutionality of the NSA’s bulk collection of phone data disclosed by Edward Snowden.  It was only a few weeks ago that DC District Court Judge Richard Leon found in Klayman v. Obama a “substantial likelihood” that the challenged phone surveillance program violates the Fourth Amendment.  For Judge Leon, it was not even a close call.  He could not imagine a...

Fighting for the Safety of our Food – Interview with Food & Water Watch’s Tony Corbo

Posted  01/9/14
Whistleblower Insider recently sat down with Tony Corbo, the senior lobbyist for the food campaign by DC-based public interest group Food & Water Watch, to learn more about the food industry and the issues we all face, but likely do not even know about, every time we choose an apple or a bag of cookies at the supermarket. CC Whistleblower:  What is Food & Water Watch? Tony Corbo:  Food & Water Watch is a...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 7, 2014

Posted  01/7/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team 80 retired NYC police and firefighters charged with Social Security fraud – In one of the largest Social Security disability frauds ever, authorities uncover a decades-long scheme involving the alleged filing of hundreds of millions of dollars in phony mental disability claims.  NYT Janet Yellen confirmed to head Federal Reserve – Currently Vice Chair of the Fed's board of...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 2, 2014

Posted  01/2/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team NYT calls for clemency for Snowden – ”When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government.”  NYT Snapchat hacked, millions of users exposed – Only names and phone numbers were released, but the breach is disturbing since the service is considered very...

Top-10 Public Health Issues of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell As we usher in the New Year with hopeful anticipation of all the positive public health developments that await us in 2014, here is a look-back at 2013 and our Top-10 listing of public health issues in the spotlight. 10. Herbal Supplements.  The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old...

Top-10 Whistleblower Developments of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell There has been a great deal of activity this year in the wild world of whistleblowing -- some of it good; some of it bad; much of it still waiting to unfold.  Here is our listing of 2013’s Top-10 whistleblower developments, many of which we surely will be wrestling with in 2014. 10. UK Whistleblowers.  The United Kingdom seems to be moving in the direction of serious whistleblower...
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