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Importance of Whistleblowers

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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...

Catch of the Week — Pharmaceutical Company Allegedly Bribed Doctors with Trips to the Kentucky Derby

Posted  05/8/19
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A recent settlement between the Department of Justice and US WorldMeds (“USWM”), show how creative, and how luxurious, kickbacks allegedly paid to physicians can be. The company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, agreed to pay $17.5M to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to patients and doctors by boosting sales of two of their drugs, Apokyn (a drug used to treat Parkinson’s...

The Latest on Cryptocurrency, Offshore Tax Avoidance and Money-Laundering, and Whistleblowing: A Report from OffshoreAlert Miami 2019

Posted  05/3/19
By Michael Ronickher
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“A diverse collection of the hunters and the hunted.” That’s how the Wall Street Journal described the OffshoreAlert Conference in 2009. The 2019 conference was no different, bringing together those who work in the offshore industry, the government enforcers who try to stop the unscrupulous among them, and the asset recovery professionals who pursue lost funds. Alongside them were whistleblowers and their...

How to Choose the Best Whistleblower Attorney for You

Posted  04/22/19
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This post was last updated on February 10, 2020


5 Key Factors to Evaluate When Searching for a Top Whistleblower Law Firm to Take Your Case

[caption id="attachment_41481" align="alignright" width="325"]top whistleblower law firms Click for full size image[/caption] Whistleblowers are courageous men and women who come forward to disclose information that helps expose wrongdoing. Reporting unlawful behavior or injustice is never an...

Survival Guide for Whistleblowers

Posted  04/16/19
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Last week, three of the most prominent organizations dedicated to protecting and educating whistleblowers announced the launch of a whistleblower survival guide. Actually, it is an update to a guide these groups – Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) – published roughly 20 years ago as a resource for...

Maryland State Senate Introduces a Bill to Establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program

Posted  02/15/19
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In a time of increasing concern about climate change and environmental destruction, one state is ramping up efforts to conserve natural resources and encourage everyday citizens to join the fight. Just last week, the Maryland State Senate introduced a bill to establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program to assist enforcement activities related to the protection of state parks, water, forests, and land. The...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Comments on Importance of Anonymity for Whistleblowers to Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/15/19
London partner Mary Inman was recently quoted in DC-based Government Accountability Project (GAP)’s blog post about effective whistleblower protection in emerging international laws. Among other priorities, the long-standing Government Accountability Project brings attention to important whistleblower issues, corporate and financial accountability, and international whistleblower rights – issues that are...

New Yorker Article on Whistleblowers Features Constantine Cannon

Posted  01/28/19
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In an article titled “The Personal Toll of Whistle-Blowing” published in the February 4, 2019, New Yorker magazine, Sheelah Kolhatkar describes the cases of two Constantine Cannon whistleblower clients, and features whistleblower attorney Mary Inman.  Focusing on False Claims Act cases involving fraud in the Medicare Advantage program, the article details how the FCA “effectively turned average citizens into a...

Healthcare Whistleblowers Continue as Backbone of DOJ Recoveries: A Look at DOJ’s 2018 Fraud and FCA Statistics

Posted  01/2/19
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The Department of Justice released its annual report of DOJ recoveries for fraud and false claims against the U.S., showing recoveries of $2.8 billion in settlements and judgments for the fiscal year ending September 2018. Once again, recoveries for healthcare fraud accounted for the majority of funds recovered: of the $2.8 billion recovered, $2.5 billion was attributed to healthcare fraud. And, once again,
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