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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.

Losing Focus – The “Irrational Exuberance” Surrounding College Sports

Posted  04/24/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Most of us are well familiar with the multi-billion dollar business big-time college sports have become and their questionable impact on the so-called “student-athletes” who fuel them. See The Hypocrisy of Big-Time College Sports. Questions of amateurism, exploitation and academic failure and fraud associated with these major sports have been swirling about for years. And...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 22, 2014

Posted  04/22/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team UNC whistleblower resigns – The whistleblower whose research on athletes' literacy caused a firestorm of controversy at the University of North Carolina is leaving because of the “hostile work environment” that followed her reporting.  CNN Skeptical Justices hear Coca-Cola defend its Minute-Maid label against Pom – The rival juice maker claims false advertising in the...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 18, 2014

Posted  04/18/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Chinese whistleblowers on the rise – The SEC received one whistleblower tip per week from China last year, double the year before and five times more than in 2011, but the “SEC is just one of many channels for this new breed of Chinese whistleblowers.”  Reuters NHS whistleblower wins landmark retaliation case – Dr. Raj Mattu, a cardiologist, was suspended for 8 years...

Grassley Announces Creation of Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted  04/17/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), noted architect and champion of several whistleblower protection laws, has announced he will create the first-ever Senate whistleblower protection caucus.  The caucus, also commonly referred to as a coalition or working group, will consist of a group of senators dedicated to protecting whistleblowers and ensuring that whistleblower laws are...

Eighth Circuit Takes Broad View of Whistleblower “Finder's Fee”

Posted  04/17/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, a whistleblower who files an action that ultimately leads to a government recovery is entitled to a generous portion of the proceeds -- anywhere from 15 to 30 percent.  There is no discretion in making an award.  It is mandated by statute.  It is this unadulterated promise of a significant financial bounty that has been a...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 15, 2014

Posted  04/15/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Pulitzer Prize goes to newspapers that broke the NSA surveillance story -- The Guardian and Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the NSA’s extensive surveillance programs based on leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden.  U.S. News & World Report Hope Cancer Institute pays $2.9M for lying about drugs provided under Medicare – The settlement resolves...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 11, 2014

Posted  04/11/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team NHL sued for promoting violence – Nine former players claim the league “intentionally created, fostered and promoted a culture of extreme violence.”  NYT Congress organizing new committee for whistleblowers? -- Senator Grassley announces plans to create a new Senate caucus dedicated to upholding federal whistleblower protections.  Washington Post Lance Armstrong reveals...

Grassley Gives Failing Grade to Government on Key Whistleblower Protection

Posted  04/10/14
By Jason Enzler Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), noted whistleblower champion, reviewed all 15 executive branch departments for their compliance with an important whistleblower law, releasing his findings last week.  The results were not good.  Only the Treasury Department received a passing grade. At issue is the so-called “anti-gag” protections mandated by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act...

A Disappointing Whistleblower Report from the IRS

Posted  04/10/14
By Marlene Koury The IRS recently released its Annual Report to Congress on its whistleblower program and the results are discouraging even for an agency that has a questionable track record when it comes to dealing with whistleblowers.  Despite having received more tips than ever – over nine thousand of them -- the IRS paid only $53 million to whistleblowers in 2013.  This is a sharp drop from the $125 million...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - April 8, 2014

Posted  04/8/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team UConn star basketball player weighs in on paying athletes -- Shabazz Napier said that while he had made money for the school, his coaches, Nike, and others, he had not always had enough spending money to buy food and often went to bed “starving.”  New Yorker Feds crack down on illegal cancer meds – Thanks to the help of whistleblower tips, the government is closing in on...
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