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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.

New EU Rules Give Protection to Whistleblowers

Posted  04/26/19
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On April 16, 2019, a new directive was adopted by the European Parliament aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing and protecting whistleblowers from retaliation. The new rules guarantee greater levels of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law in several sectors, including financial services, money laundering, product safety, data protection, environmental protection and nuclear safety. EU...

Catch of the Week — Rocket and Missile Parts Manufacturer Hydro Extrusion Portland

Posted  04/26/19
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Our Catch of the Week goes to Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc., formerly Sapa Profiles Inc., an aluminum extrusion manufacturer that made parts used by NASA and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in rockets and missiles.  The DOJ agreed to resolve criminal and civil claims relating to the manufacturer’s 19-year fraud scheme for $46 million in forfeitures, criminal fines, and amounts to settle civil False Claims Act...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Eric Havian and Michael Ronickher Published on Need for Whistleblowers in Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement

Posted  04/26/19
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With a whistleblower program for anti-money laundering enforcement currently under discussion in the House of Representatives Financial Services subcommittee, Constantine Cannon attorneys Eric Havian and Michael Ronickher were published in Banking Exchange on April 22 on the benefits such a program could bring. Highlighting the example of the recent Standard Chartered settlement, in which the London-based bank agreed...

Healthcare Fraud also Harms Private Insurers - and Whistleblowers can Help

Posted  04/25/19
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Whistleblowers with information about healthcare fraud look first to the False Claims Act, and the impact that healthcare fraud has on Medicare, Medicaid, and other government healthcare spending.  But, healthcare fraud that harms private insurance companies – as opposed to government payors – also attracts government enforcement attention.  Several recent criminal prosecutions in Texas and elsewhere illustrate...

Question of the Week — Will we see you at the OffshoreAlert Conference?

Posted  04/24/19
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Publisher OffshoreAlert, which bills itself as “the unofficial financial regulator” and specializes in reporting about offshore financial centers with an emphasis on fraud investigations, is hosting its annual North American conference on Financial Intelligence & Investigations on April 28-30th in Miami, Florida. For a second year, Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian will lead a panel with representatives...

How to Choose the Best Whistleblower Attorney for You

Posted  04/22/19
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What to Look for When Searching for a Whistleblower Law Firm

Whistleblowers are courageous men and women who come forward to disclose information that helps expose wrongdoing. Reporting unlawful behavior or injustice is never an easy thing to do —  it is a complicated, stressful process. In many cases, whistleblowers put their career on the line to do the right thing. When making disclosures, whistleblowers...

Catch of the Week — DOJ Settles False Claims Act Case Against Cybersecurity Company

Posted  04/18/19
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Last week, the Department of Justice announced that Fortinet, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity company, has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to resolve allegations that it lied about its compliance with the federal Trade Agreements Act (TAA). The allegations were brought to the government’s attention through a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who worked in Fortinet’s...

Question of the Week — Have you listened to the Talking Feds podcast yet?

Posted  04/17/19
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Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Lawyer, former United States Attorney, and Washington Post Columnist, Harry Litman has launched a fascinating – and timely – new podcast, Talking Feds. The weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion that features different former Department of Justice prosecutors that analyze newsworthy criminal cases, including Robert Mueller’s investigation. Past episodes have featured a...

Survival Guide for Whistleblowers

Posted  04/16/19
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Last week, three of the most prominent organizations dedicated to protecting and educating whistleblowers announced the launch of a whistleblower survival guide. Actually, it is an update to a guide these groups – Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) – published roughly 20 years ago as a resource for...

Catch of the Week — General Electric to Pay $1.5 Billion under FIRREA in Subprime Loan Scheme

Posted  04/12/19
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The Department of Justice today announced that General Electric will pay a civil penalty of $1.5 billion under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) to resolve claims of fraud involving the marketing of subprime residential mortgage loans.  The loans at issue originated by a GE subsidiary, WMC Mortgage.  The government alleged that WMC, GE, and their affiliates allegedly...
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