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Importance of Whistleblowers

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New York Introduces Bills to Expand Whistleblower Protections

Posted  06/21/19
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Under current law, whistleblowers who reported fraudulent activity in the government or other settings in the State of New York are typically barred from bringing other legal actions. Maybe not anymore. Last week, both the New York State Senate and Assembly signed off on a series of amendments aimed at providing greater protection for employees who notice and report illegal activity, and expanding the definition of a...

CALLING ALL FCPA WHISTLEBLOWERS — THE CFTC WANTS YOU!

Posted  06/19/19
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If you have information on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in the commodities or derivatives markets, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wants to hear from you. The agency made this clear in a recently-issued CFTC "Whistleblower Alert" calling on all FCPA whistleblowers to step forward and report what they know. The agency even dangled the potential for monetary rewards for those...

IBM Inks $14.8 Million False Claims Act Settlement

Posted  06/18/19
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On Friday, the Department of Justice announced that IBM and its subsidiary Cúram Software had agreed to pay $14.8 million to resolve allegations that they lied to the State of Maryland while bidding on a contract to develop the state’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) website and IT platform. DOJ sued IBM under the False Claims Act, which imposes liability on companies and individuals that defraud government...

Blowing the Whistle on Data Breaches and Cybersecurity Flaws

Posted  06/14/19
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With increasing dependence on technology, cybersecurity has emerged as a critical issue for customers, investors, and government regulators. Data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents can have devastating effects. In 2018, the Council of Economic Advisers estimated that malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy up to $109 billion dollars in 2016 alone. Typically, the public only learns of such flaws and...

Qui Tam Lawsuits: Reporting Fraud Under the False Claims Act

Posted  06/14/19
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What potential whistleblowers need to know about reporting fraud under the False Claims Act

Using the False Claims Act (FCA), a whistleblower can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States to recover damages from parties who are cheating the government out of taxpayer funds.  Also called qui tam actions, these lawsuits allow eligible whistleblowers, referred to as “relators,” to claim a percentage of any...

Question of the Week — Should the Medicare Fraud Hotline or HHS OIG Reward Informants?

Posted  06/7/19
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Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics agreed to a $225 million settlement related to allegations that it unlawfully marketed its drug Subsys and paid kickbacks to providers through “speaker programs” that rewarded providers who prescribed Subsys. We previously asked whether our readers thought CEOs should be more liable for corporate wrongdoing after the Insys CEO was convicted for participating in a criminal...

Ted Siedle is the rare SEC whistleblower who allows us to put a face to the name.

Posted  05/24/19
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After two years of waiting, the recipient of what was, when first announced, the highest SEC whistleblower award ever was finally paid. This week, he received his share of a $50 million reward to two whistleblowers for exposing conflicts of interest at JP Morgan that led to a $257 million fine by the SEC. Last year, the whistleblower also received $30 million from the CFTC, that agency’s largest award ever, for...

Question of the Week — Did the Flint Jury Get it Right in Natasha Henderson’s Whistleblower Retaliation Case?

Posted  05/16/19
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In yet another chapter of Flint, Michigan’s ongoing water crisis saga, a jury sided with the city and against its former City Administrator, Natasha Henderson, in a whistleblower retaliation case regarding water crisis donations. Henderson alleged she was fired by Mayor Karen Weaver for questioning Weaver’s use of the donations. Weaver claimed she fired Henderson after she learned Henderson was warned of a...

CFTC Makes Another Whistleblower Award

Posted  05/10/19
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On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a whistleblower award of roughly $1.5 million. It is the latest in a string of whistleblower awards from an agency that has made it very clear that after a slow start in implementing its whistleblower program it is finally open for whistleblower business. CFTC Enforcement Director James McDonald could not have been more direct on this point:...

DOJ to Corporate America — Embrace the Whistleblower

Posted  05/9/19
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In a clear push to companies to tighten up their internal compliance efforts, the DOJ Criminal Division recently announced a remake of the agency's guidelines for corporate compliance programs. The document, titled "The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs," updates a previous version of the guidelines and is designed to provide more insight and context into the steps DOJ expects companies to take to ensure...
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