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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.

Breaking Further into the Black Box of Hospital Pricing

Posted  05/15/13
By Gordon Schnell It was only a few months ago that a groundbreaking study out of the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine empirically demonstrated what we pretty much already know about hospital pricing.  That it is subject to a complete lack of transparency and a total disconnect from the regular forces of supply and demand.  The study surveyed 120 hospitals across the country on their pricing for a...

Ag-Gag Laws Seek to Place Factory Farms Off-Limits to Whistleblowers

Posted  05/10/13
By Gordon Schnell (published in The Hill) It really has become the age of the whistleblower.  Perhaps it was the 9/11 wakeup call that we live in a more dangerous world.  Maybe we no longer trust the government to look out for us the way we think it should.  Or maybe it is simply about corporate plunder and the ever-widening gulf between the haves and have-nots.  Whatever it is, a new mindset pervades -- where...

Gaming the System of College Rankings

Posted  05/8/13
By Gordon Schnell It is that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of high school seniors across the country are deep in deliberation as to where they will go to college.  For many of these students (and their parents), weighing heavily into their ultimate decision is where these colleges stand in the still highly influential U.S. News and World Report rankings of best colleges.  While routinely the...

More Doctors Speak Out on the High Cost of Cancer Drugs

Posted  05/3/13
By Gordon Schnell It is becoming a more common occurrence these days.  Doctors taking a strong and very public stand against what they perceive to be out-of-control pricing for cancer drugs.  A few months ago, it was the famed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center refusing to use for its patients a new drug called Zaltrap for treating advanced colorectal cancer.  Now, it is a global gathering of prominent...

Survey Reports Rampant Misconduct in Hedge Fund Industry

Posted  05/3/13
By Whistleblower Insider A recent survey of hedge fund professionals commissioned by the law firm Labaton Sucharow, HedgeWorld and the Hedge Fund Association, revealed some disappointing statistics regarding the prevalence of fraud and misconduct in the hedge fund industry.  Among the more notable findings, about a third of the professionals surveyed (30%) have witnessed misconduct in the workplace; more than a...

Whistleblowing and College Sports (Interview on Fox Sports Radio with Gordon Schnell)

Posted  05/1/13
Click here for an interview by Fox Sports Radio with Constantine Cannon partner Gordon Schnell on how the Penn State and Rutgers sports scandals are just the latest examples of why a strong whistleblower program is necessary to deal with the recurring abuse and misconduct in college sports.  For more on this subject, click here for Mr. Schnell’s article in College Sports Business News.

Pharmaceutical Case Presents Novel Use of False Claims Act

Posted  05/1/13
(As reported in Thomson Reuters) When you think of a whistleblower, you might think of an employee reporting on the misconduct of some giant corporate employer -- a David versus Goliath scenario.  On Friday, Reuters reminded us that this is not always the case, reporting on a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a very different kind of whistleblower -- a corporate competitor.  In this case, Amphastar...

Caffeine Overload – Continued Concerns Over Health Risks of High Energy Drinks on Kids

Posted  04/16/13
By Gordon Schnell They are supposed to be an antidote to the fast-paced, frenzied life we lead where there is too much to do and not enough time to do it.  At least that is one of the ways so-called high energy drinks are marketed.  These are those highly concentrated caffeine concoctions sold by the likes of Monster Beverage, Red Bull and Rockstar Energy which are designed to give you that extra boost when you...

Atlanta Educators Indicted for Widespread Cheating Scandal

Posted  04/10/13
By Marlene Koury 35 Atlanta public school employees, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, face criminal RICO and other charges for conspiring to fraudulently inflate state standardized test scores for financial rewards.  Allegations of cheating first arose when local media questioned how half of Atlanta’s schools achieved a 30 percent increase in student test scores from the previous year.  After a two...

Rutgers Scandal Just the Latest Example of the Need for Whistleblower Reform in College Sports

Posted  04/9/13
By Gordon Schnell (Published in College Sports Business News) Here we go again.  Another college sports scandal.  Another coach acting outside his dominion, placing his charges in harm's way.  Another university apologizing belatedly for failing to act sooner.  And another media frothing fest on the dreadful conduct and who else besides the coach is ultimately to blame (now that former Rutgers Athletic Director...
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