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Importance of Whistleblowers

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SEC Whistleblower Awards Keep Rolling In

Posted  09/17/20
a silver whistle on top of a stack of cash
Earlier this week, the SEC announced an award of more than $10 million "to a whistleblower whose information and assistance were of crucial importance to a successful SEC enforcement action."  This brings the total tally under the SEC's Whistleblower Program to $520 million in awards to 94 whistleblowers since the first award in 2012. It also marks the latest in a flood of awards this year, including the $50...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Client Featured in Congressional Report on the 737 MAX

Posted  09/17/20
Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington
On September 16, 2020, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released the final report in its eighteen-month investigation into the development, production, and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which paints a detailed and troubling picture of the 737 MAX and the fateful flaws that caused two deadly crashes. The report depicts a culture of profits over safety at Boeing that metastasized...

SEC Again Postpones Hearing on Controversial Whistleblower Award Rule Amendments

Posted  09/11/20
silver whistle with Securities Exchange Commission logo
For the second time, the SEC pulled the plug on hearings to consider amendments to some key rules affecting its whistleblower reward program.  Just a day before hearings scheduled for September 2, 2020, the SEC canceled them, indicating only that they would be rescheduled for a future date.  The Commission had done the same thing in fall 2019, abandoning hearings at the last minute. There are many potential...

How Pennsylvania Can Win the Battle Against COVID-19 Fraud

Posted  09/11/20
By Edward Baker
close up of capitol dome with United States flag
With co-author Jack Kolar of the Government Accountability Project. Legislation is now before the Pennsylvania Senate that, if signed into law, would protect COVID-19 stimulus funds, as well as other state programs, from fraud. As former federal prosecutors and current whistleblower attorneys, we strongly urge all Pennsylvanians to support enactment of the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Act (CFPA). While the...

Partner Mary Inman discusses whistleblowing, blackballing and the role of compliance in ComplianceLine webinar "Whistleblowing: Defending the Accuser and the Accused"

Posted  09/4/20
Male standing with their silhouette as a whistle
On 25 August 2020, Constantine Cannon partner Mary Inman joined Charlie Middleton, an international tax whistleblower, and Roy Snell, co-founder of HCCA and SCCE, on a panel moderated by Nick Gallo, CEO of ComplianceLine, during a webinar entitled “Whistleblowing: Defending the Accuser and the Accused,” which discussed the challenges that reporting of wrongdoings poses for whistleblowers and companies. The...

Watch: Jessica Moore Discusses Assisted Living Facility Safety on Tampa’s ABC Action News

Posted  09/4/20
wheelchair in the hospital lobby
Constantine Cannon has been following the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Residents and workers at nursing homes make up a disproportionate share of U.S. coronavirus deaths, and the pandemic has imposed unique burdens on the industry. Florida recently implemented standards that will allow visitors in to long-term care facilities, if those facilities meet specific criteria. ...

Top Takeaways from Former DOJ Civil Chief Jody Hunt on the Current State of False Claims Act Enforcement

Posted  08/28/20
department of justice website
Law360 recently interviewed former DOJ Civil Chief Jody Hunt on what he sees as the key issues surrounding False Claims Act enforcement these days.  Here are the top takeaways:
    • COVID-relief fraud will be a DOJ priority. No surprise there given the billions of dollars the federal government is pouring into the economy to alleviate some of the financial strain the pandemic is wreaking on healthcare providers...

Windfall to Health Insurers Due to COVID-19 Is Not Yet Resulting in Resolution of FCA Risk Adjustment Cases

Posted  08/21/20
By Edward Baker
As health insurers book record profits during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a dramatic decline in elective surgeries and procedures, this seems like a good time to ask about the status of False Claims Act litigation against Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) relating to risk adjustment fraud.  Given the dire shortfall in state and federal money to fight the pandemic, when will MAOs begin paying back the billions...

Australia’s Unfinished Whistleblower Business

Posted  08/21/20
Australian Australian flag raised
It hasn’t been a great week for Australian whistleblowers. Two days ago, the Guardian revealed that the Australian Home Affairs Department had inadvertently revealed the identity of a whistleblower by mistakenly sending confidential written materials to another, unrelated complainant’s email address.  The Department apologized for the “blunder,” which is a criminal offense in Australia. A week ago,...

Colorado Law Offers Rewards for Whistleblowers Reporting Workplace Health and Safety Violations

Posted  08/14/20
As lock-downs and business shutdowns continue in the U.S., essential workers continue to report to work, providing healthcare, putting food on our tables, delivering goods and service, ensuring public safety, and more. These essential workers may face serious risks as they perform their jobs, often as a result of workplace health and safety violations by employers. Responding to the unique challenges of the...
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