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Importance of Whistleblowers

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Question of the Week: How Badly do you Want to Stop Animal Trafficking?

Posted  01/17/20
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Last week, the Department of Justice indicted a New York man, Christopher Casacci, for illegally importing and selling dozens of African wild cats.  Doing business as “ExoticCubs.com,” Casacci brought into the United States and sold dozens of caracals (Caracal caracal) and servals (Leptailurus serval). Caracals, known as the “desert lynx,” are wild cats native to Africa, and grow to approximately 45 pounds....

DOJ 2019 Fraud Statistics Tell Story of the Critical Role of Whistleblowers

Posted  01/13/20
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The Department of Justice released its annual report of civil recoveries for fraud and false claims against the U.S., showing recoveries over $3 billion in settlements and judgments for the fiscal year ending September 2019. The data released by DOJ show the critical role that whistleblowers play in securing these recoveries for the government:  of the $3 billion recovered, over $2.2 billion – 72% – was recovered...

Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries of 2019

Posted  01/10/20
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This year, federal and state governments recovered hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to whistleblowers who came forward to report fraud under the federal False Claims Act and state False Claims Acts.  Whistleblowers reported a wide-range of misconduct involving government contracts, including fraud by defense contractors, airlines, and even a major research university.  Defendants’ deception ran the gamut...

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2019

Posted  01/9/20
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2019 was another strong year for whistleblowers, who once again collectively recovered billions of dollars for the government and hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards through their filing of lawsuits under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Whistleblowers this past year also continued to secure financial rewards under the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower and CFTC Whistleblower programs,...

Federal Audit Reveals Billions of Dollars in Medicare Advantage Overpayments

Posted  12/20/19
A new government report reveals what whistleblowers and their counsel have known for some time: the Medicare Advantage program is vulnerable to fraud committed by unscrupulous private health insurance companies, as well as their owners, vendors, affiliates, and even some doctors.  These bad actors make patients enrolled in MA plans appear sicker than they actually are in order to increase their corporate profits. ...

Why Whistleblowers Should be Honorary Members of the new Antitrust Strike Force

Posted  12/20/19
When our firm represented a whistleblower who brought down the largest oil companies in Korea for bid-rigging, resulting in fines and penalties of over $360 million, we did not imagine the case would play a role in launching a new initiative, the Justice Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force. The Strike Force is an interagency partnership tasked with rooting out collusive schemes like bid-rigging. The new...

Watch: Partner Eric Havian Speaks with CNN About Client’s Congressional Testimony on Boeing 737 Max

Posted  12/18/19
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Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Partner Eric Havian was featured on CNN to discuss Constantine Cannon client Ed Pierson’s testimony before Congress. Mr. Pierson, a former Boeing manager, testified to Congress regarding production problems he witnessed and internally reported in connection with the Boeing 737 Max. Just days after Mr. Pierson’s testimony, Boeing announced it would halt 737 Max production. Watch...

SEC Whistleblower Program 2019 Annual Report Tells Story of Significant Impact - Despite Beginning the Year with a Government Shutdown

Posted  12/12/19
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In its 2019 Annual Report to Congress, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower described its program as continuing to have a “significant impact” on enforcement and investor protection efforts.  In the fiscal year that ended in September 2019, the SEC Whistleblower Program received the second highest number of tips in program history, and issued the third largest whistleblower award to date. These numbers...

Following Whistleblower Testimony, FAA Administrator Vows to Investigate Boeing

Posted  12/11/19
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Ed Pierson, a former Boeing manager turned whistleblower, testified before Congress on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, that the Boeing plant where the company's 737 Max was produced was a "factory in chaos," with production issues that may have played a role in two crashes that killed a total of 346 people.  Pierson, who worked for Boeing from 2008 until his retirement in 2018, is represented by the whistleblower...

Blowing the Whistle on Environmental Abuse: Investigation of Kanto Kosan for Wastewater Dumping at Naval Bases in Japan

Posted  12/6/19
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Earlier this week, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Navy’s law enforcement arm, announced that it was investigating contractor Kanto Kosan for allegedly dumping wastewater from warships at harbors in Navy bases in Japan. The investigation was triggered by a tip submitted to Japanese Customs. The FBI and Department of Justice have also joined the investigation. According to the Wall Street...
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