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Constantine Cannon Client Gwang-Ho Kim Honored as 2021 Whistleblower of the Year by Taxpayers Against Fraud

Posted  10/14/21
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We are pleased to announce that Constantine Cannon client Gwang-Ho Kim has been selected as the Whistleblower of the Year for 2021 by the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF).  TAFEF is a prominent public interest organization that works to protect whistleblowers and strengthen the effective operation of the laws that empower them to expose misconduct and the theft of taxpayer dollars. A safety engineer...

Auto-safety regulators finally take steps to stand up nation’s only safety-focused whistleblower program, but challenges lie ahead

Posted  06/16/21
crash test dummy in car
Back in 2015, the public seethed over the auto industry’s historic failures.  Takata’s air-bag scandal, Toyota’s unintended-acceleration deceptions, and General Motors’s deadly ignition-switch cover-up were in the headlines.  Hundreds died and millions were exposed to grave dangers because of the industry’s propensity to bury known safety defects. In 2015, Congress tried to turn the tide, passing the

Tagged in: Auto Safety, Importance of Whistleblowers, Legislation and Regulation News, Whistleblower Eligibility, Whistleblower Rewards,

Wall Street Journal features Constantine Cannon Client on NHTSA's Failure in Drafting a Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program

Posted  04/9/21
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This week, the Wall Street Journal published a thoughtful article about the current status of the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program.  To help explain why the program is so necessary, the Journal focused on Constantine Cannon’s client, Kim Gwang-Ho, an engine engineer who told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a serious safety defect in Hyundai and Kia car engines, ultimately...

February 12, 2021

General Motors (GM) has agreed to a $5.75 million settlement with the State of California to resolve allegations of making false and misleading statements to investors, including the state’s largest pension system, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).  According to Attorney General Xavier Becerra, GM cheated California twice—first by failing to disclose a faulty ignition-switch issue to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it had been aware of for almost ten years, and which ultimately led to 124 fatalities and 274 injuries, and second by concealing the problem from investors and failing to build reserves for losses it knew was coming.  The company’s actions artificially inflated its stock price, causing CalPERS to lose millions of dollars.  CA AG

Top Ten State Healthcare and Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2020

Posted  01/8/21
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State and local governments are on the front lines of enforcing anti-fraud laws and play a critical role in ensuring that businesses and individuals are held accountable.  Whistleblowers with information about corporate misconduct involving healthcare, government procurement, financial regulation, and tax may find that state proceedings offer them the best option. More than 30 states have False Claims Acts that...

November 27, 2020

Hyundai Motor America, Inc. and Kia Motors America, Inc. have entered into agreements with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration resolving claims that they were untimely in recalling over 1.6 million vehicles equipped with "Theta II" engines and provided inaccurate information to NHTSA regarding those recalls.  The companies are subject to combined penalties totaling $210 million, $140 million for Hyundai and $70 million for Kia.  NHTSA

August 25, 2020

American Honda Motor Co., and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (Honda) has reached a settlement with the Attorney Generals of 48 states and agreed to pay $85.1 million to resolve allegations of failing to disclose certain airbag safety failures to regulators and ­­­customers of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States.  According to the complaint, Honda engineers were aware that the propellant used in Takata-manufactured airbags—used in Honda and Acura vehicles since 2001—could burn aggressively, cause the inflator to burst, and ultimately harm drivers and passengers, yet continued to represent that its cars were safe even as it began recalling affected vehicles in 2008.  Although the company eventually recalled approximately 12.9 million vehicles, the recalls came too late and the failures resulted in at least 14 deaths and over 200 injuries nationwide.  AG CA; AG FL; AG NY; AG GA

How to Be a Whistleblower

Posted  07/19/19
By Jessica T. Moore
How to be a whistleblower
You know about fraud, waste, abuse, or corruption by an individual or a company. Someone is getting by with cheating -- taking money from the government, taxpayers, or investors, or even harming others, such as patients. You are deeply troubled about it and want the proper authorities to stop it. You are worried whether you will be heard, taken seriously, and protected. You wonder if your information fits within a...

Two Constantine Cannon Clients Featured on 60-Minutes Australia

Posted  11/1/18
Two Constantine Cannon clients who blew the whistle on Takata’s exploding airbags, the largest corporate cover-up in the auto industry, were featured on 60-Minutes Australia. The show revealed how Takata made these low-cost airbags to get a jump on competitors, ultimately putting millions of lives at risk and resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries. Valuing profits over public safety, Takata ignored the...

Takata - Auto Safety ($1 billion)

Two former Takata employees, Mark Lillie and another man who chose to remain anonymous, provided extensive assistance to the U.S. government in its criminal case against Takata, the maker of defective airbags which exploded and claimed the lives of 22 people and set off a worldwide recall of nearly 100 million airbag inflators.  In January 2017, Takata pled guilty to wire fraud and agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company’s fraudulent conduct in relation to sales of defective airbag inflators. The criminal action also resulted in three high-level Takata executives pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy charges. The awards to the whistleblowers were the first ever made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, a federal whistleblower-reward program.  Read more here.
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