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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 - January 28, 2014

Posted  01/28/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Legendary folk singer and “ever-so-gentle rabble-rouser” Pete Seeger dies at 94 – "Be wary of great leaders," he recently told AP. "Hope that there are many, many small leaders."  AP Court finds whistleblower retaliation claims subject to pre-dispute arbitration – A federal judge in New York compels arbitration of Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, rejecting...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 24, 2014

Posted  01/24/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team DOJ sues KBR for contract fraud in Iraq – The whistleblower-prompted False Claims Act action alleges that KBR submitted inflated and fraudulent bills and obtained illegal kickbacks in connection with its logistical support contract with the US Army in Iraq.  DOJ Ranbaxy woes continue – The U.S. has banned the company, one of the largest suppliers of ingredients for generic...

2013 Whistleblower of the Year Goes to … Animal Rights Whistleblower Taylor Radig!

Posted  01/23/14
By C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The votes are in, more than two thousand of them, and Taylor Radig is Whistleblower Insider’s 2013 Whistleblower of the Year.  Good job Taylor! Taylor’s selfless and passionate work to expose animal abuse inspired the majority of our readers to vote for her.  Her story began in July 2013, when she went undercover at Quanah Cattle Company in Kersey, Colorado and stealthily...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 21, 2014

Posted  01/21/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Big banks to stop “payday” loans – Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Fifth Third and other major banks will exit the small dollar, short-term, high-interest loan business after regulators warned they would look into whether these payday-like loans violate consumer protection laws.  CNN A whistleblower’s wish for Edward Snowden – Former government whistleblower calls on Snowden...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - January 17, 2014

Posted  01/17/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Obama to end government control of phone data – This would be a sweeping change to the controversial NSA bulk phone record collection program but questions remain as to who would control the phone data.  AP Deutsche Bank withdraws from gold and silver benchmark price setting – The bank’s withdrawal follows intensified efforts by European regulators to investigate...

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...
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