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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 - August 2, 2013

Posted  08/2/13
MLB planning to ban Alex Rodriguez for life – Sources say that Major League Baseball may be poised to issue a lifetime suspension to Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.  USA Today Former Goldman trader at center or mortgage crisis found guilty of fraud – In its first significant courtroom victory arising out of the financial crisis, the SEC succeeded in convincing...

Another Preemption Decision Sheltering Drug Makers from Liability

Posted  07/24/13
By Marlene Koury Pharmaceutical companies are on a roll.  They continue to prevail in court by relying on the preemption doctrine to block injured consumers from suing over defective drugs.  First, in the recent Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett and PLIVA v. Mensing decisions, the Supreme Court held that federal law bars suits against generic drug companies for defects in the design or labeling of their...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - July 23, 2013

Posted  07/23/13
Audit Reveals Serious Problems at GlaxoSmithKline Research Outpost in China – A confidential 2011 audit of the British pharmaceutical giant's drug development center in China has come to light, revealing troubling practices including failing to report the results of animal studies before beginning human trials for certain drugs and payments to hospitals and clinics contracted to run trials that could be...

The Simmering Storm Over America’s Secret Surveillance Court

Posted  07/17/13
By Gordon Schnell Among the many revelations emanating from the saga of Edward Snowden, America's most notorious whistleblower, is that a secret court with virtually no oversight is making our national security decisions on government surveillance.  It is the so-called FISA court that Congress established in 1978 under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  It was designed to rein in what many considered to...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - July 15, 2013

Posted  07/15/13
American sprinting champion Tyson Gay and other Olympians fail drug test – Adding to the growing list of fallen sports heroes, three sprinting superstars including Gay, and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell and Sheron Simpson all tested positive for banned substances.  Sports Illustrated Obama’s remarks on military sexual assaults makes prosecutions more difficult – The President was trying to send a strong message...

Beware of Internet Pharmacies

Posted  07/11/13
By Gordon Schnell If they seem like they are too good to be true, they most likely are.  That was the central message coming out of the latest FDA sweep of Internet pharmacies.  It resulted in the shuttering of 1,677 pharmacy websites for selling counterfeit, substandard or unsafe drugs.  Thousands more received regulatory warnings.  It was all part of the FDA's ongoing global crusade -- in partnership with...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - July 9, 2013

Posted  07/9/13
European retailers agree to monitor and improve conditions at Bangladeshi garment factories – In an effort to prevent a repeat of the recent fire that killed more than a hundred workers at a Bangladeshi clothing factory, dozens of European apparel companies have stepped up to take responsibility and immediate action when serious safety problems arise.  NYT BP cries foul over payouts for Deepwater Horizon disaster...

Supreme Court Further Limits Liability of Generics for Faulty Drugs

Posted  07/3/13
By Gordon Schnell In what is being hailed as a major victory for generic drug makers (but not necessarily for consumers), the Supreme Court ruled last week that these companies cannot be held liable for defects in the design of their products.  The decision follows from the Court's 2011 ruling that similarly shielded the generics from liability for inadequate safety warnings on their drug labels.  Taken together,...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - July 2, 2013

Posted  07/2/13
Largest corporations getting off easy on U.S. taxes – According to a study just released by the Government Accountability Office, the biggest, most profitable American companies are using loopholes to enjoy a 12.6 percent tax rate, far below the 35 percent rate they are supposed to pay.  CNN New federal rules to bar selling junk foods and drinks in schools – The U.S. Agricultural Department, as required by the...

Preventing the Next Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden

Posted  06/28/13
By Gordon Schnell and Marlene Koury (Published in Roll Call) There has been a media circus surrounding the escapades of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, the most notorious whistleblowers of our time.  But what is largely missing from the conversation of whether they are heroes or traitors is what the government should be doing to prevent the next national security whistleblower from leaking classified...
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