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November 20, 2014

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T’s California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8M million and spend an additional $28M over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. CA

DOJ Catch of the Week – Hyundai and Kia

Posted  11/7/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "catch of the week" goes to South Korea's top two automakers Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation.  On Monday, the two companies agreed to pay a $100 million civil penalty to settle charges they violated the Clean Air Act by selling more than one million vehicles that will emit roughly 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in...

Whistleblower Spotlight – Climate Change Whistleblower Rick Piltz

Posted  10/29/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on Rick Piltz, former climate policy analyst in the George W. Bush Administration.  He is the whistleblower who exposed a White House putting politics before science by distorting scientific findings on global warming.  His release of internal government documents showing a White House behaving badly led to the immediate ousting of...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- Hanford Whistleblower Shelly Doss

Posted  08/22/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" shines on Shelly Doss, a former environmental compliance specialist with Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), an environmental cleanup contractor for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Located in central Washington, Hanford made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades and now is the country's largest environmental cleanup site...

Whistleblower Watchdog Unveils New Website for Food Safety Whistleblowers

Posted  08/7/14
By Jason Enzler The Government Accountability Project (GAP) unveiled a new website yesterday designed to support whistleblowers reporting on food safety issues.  The website is part of GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign, an effort to protect and empower whistleblowers in sounding the alarm on fraud and abuse in our food supply chain. The new website includes a mobile device-friendly design and information on how...

WildLeaks – The Newest Source for Wildlife Whistleblowers

Posted  03/6/14
By Marlene Koury Wildlife crime is big business – and it’s getting bigger.  It is the fourth largest transnational crime in the world, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.  And it is worth at least $17 billion a year.  The World Wildlife Fund recently said that in 50 years of conservation work, it has never seen wildlife crime on the scale that it exists today. Wildlife crime includes...

Top-10 Public Health Issues of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell As we usher in the New Year with hopeful anticipation of all the positive public health developments that await us in 2014, here is a look-back at 2013 and our Top-10 listing of public health issues in the spotlight. 10. Herbal Supplements.  The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old...

Top-10 Public Health Issues of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell As we usher in the New Year with hopeful anticipation of all the positive public health developments that await us in 2014, here is a look-back at 2013 and our Top-10 listing of public health issues in the spotlight. 10.  Herbal Supplements.  The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old...

Concerns Continue Over Fracking Contamination

Posted  08/15/13
By Gordon Schnell The dispute over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, rages on with neither side giving much credence to the other.  Proponents of the practice insist it is a safe and cost-effective way to unlock vast new supplies of oil and natural gas -- billions and billions of gallons worth.  Opponents argue that the millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals pumped deep into the ground to break apart...

Hanson Aggregates — Government Underpayments on Public Resource Lease ($48 million).

Two of our whistleblower attorneys led the representation of a whistleblower in a qui tam action filed under the California False Claims Act alleging underpayments (or “reverse false claims”) under a public resource lease. Specifically, the three defendants, which were engaged in dredging and selling sand and gravel from public lands, were alleged to have paid the State of California less than what was owed by under-reporting the quantity of the sand and gravel removed, as well as its value. Dubbed the “sand pirates” by the media, the defendants allegedly “sold” the sand to affiliated companies they set up, and used artificially deflated prices from those purported sales, instead of the prices paid in real third party transactions when calculating and reporting royalties due the State. Critical issues concerning the proper interpretation of the related leases and related accounting issues were resolved in favor of the government following a seven week trial, in which one of our whistleblower lawyers served as lead trial counsel. The case settled before the next trial phase. California recovered $48 million in combined settlement payments and price adjustments. The whistelblower, a tugboat captain, received a whistleblower award of 30% of the government’s recovery. It was the second-largest recovery for a whistleblower under California state law. See California AG Press Release and Oakland Tribune for more.
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