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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.

Catch of the Week: Jury Finds Teva Pharmaceuticals Liable for Contributing to Opioid-Related Deaths in New York State

Posted  01/7/22
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In a significant development in the ongoing effort to assess blame and responsibility for the opioid epidemic, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals and ravaged communities throughout the United States, on December 30th, after a six-month trial, a New York jury found that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (“Teva”) and its affiliates, including Anda Inc., created a “public nuisance”...

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2021

Posted  01/6/22
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2021 was another banner year for whistleblowers, who once again collectively recovered billions of dollars for the government and hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards under the various government whistleblower programs.  This includes awards under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act and various state False Claims Act programs.  It includes awards under the Dodd-Frank SEC...

Catch of the Week: Privatized Military Housing Contractor Pays Over $65 Million to Resolve Criminal and False Claims Act Allegations

Posted  12/23/21
Government contractors are held to high standards in the performance of their contracts or services because of the direct impact to government services and taxpayer dollars at stake. Often fraud related to government contractors can negatively impact U.S. servicemembers or public servants who diligently serve our country. This week we focus on the over $65 million judgment and settlement reached between the...

Vote Here Now for the 2021 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  12/21/21
THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR THE 2021 WHISTLEBLOWER OF THE YEAR. POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT REALITY WINNER IS OUR 2021 WINNER!
Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2021 Whistleblower of the Year.  As in past years, we are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage,...

2021 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate - Daniel Ellsberg and The GroundTruth Project

Posted  12/21/21
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Earlier this year we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of one of the seminal moments in whistleblower history:  the publication, starting on June 13, 1971, of the “Pentagon Papers,” a 47-volume top-secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, based on classified documents, leaked by Daniel Ellsberg, a former U.S. Marine and military analyst for the RAND Corporation.  The papers revealed that four...

Congratulations to our First Place Scholarship Winner, Ethan Wright

Posted  12/21/21
The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is thrilled to spotlight the First Place Winner of the firm’s Second Annual Law School Whistleblower Essay Contest: Ethan Wright. Ethan is a third-year student at the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, Ethan has worked at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, and at several private law firms. He has also...

2021 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate - Reality Winner

Posted  12/16/21
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In 2017, Reality Winner shared with the public a top-secret intelligence report from the NSA about Russia’s attempt to infiltrate the 2016 U.S. Presidential election process.  The report indicated that Russian hackers accessed voter registration polls with an email phishing operation, potentially undermining the integrity of the election. At the time, Winner was a military contractor for Pluribus International...

Annual Inflation Adjustment Raises False Claims Act Penalties

Posted  12/16/21
As of December 13, 2021, each separate violation of the False Claims Act exposes defendants to a per-claim penalty between $11,803 and $23,607.  The increase is part of the Civil Monetary Penalties Adjustment for 2021, a rule issued by the Department of Justice in accordance with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 as part of annual adjustment for inflation.  The increase is small – the prior range was $11,665 -...

Read the Essay Submitted by Inina Kachelmeier in the Second Annual Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  12/16/21
The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is pleased to share with you the Second Place Winner of the firm’s Second Annual Law School Whistleblower Essay Contest.  That award goes to Inina Kachelmeier, a first-year student at Northeastern University School of Law, Class of 2024. Inina received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in English and Economics, from the Robert D. Clark Honors College of...

Read the Essay Submitted by Maggie Keenan in the Second Annual Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  12/14/21
The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is honored to announce this year’s Third-Place Winner of our Second Annual Law School Whistleblower Essay Contest.  The third-place award goes to Maggie Keenan, a professor at (and 2020 J.D. graduate of) Cleveland State University. Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Cleveland State University in 2000.  She later received her...
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