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Importance of Whistleblowers

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In Defense of Whistleblowers: Poppy Alexander Appears on Law & Disorder Podcast

Posted  07/13/21
Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorney Poppy Alexander was interviewed as a featured guest on the Law & Disorder podcast.  In an interview with Heidi Boghosian, Poppy discussed the False Claims Act, including its rewards and protections for whistleblowers.  The FCA allows private persons, known as relators, to bring what are called qui tam lawsuits on the government’s behalf, and claim a share of any recovery...

FDA’s Approval of Alzheimer’s Drug Highlights Need for Whistleblowers

Posted  07/9/21
By Edward Baker
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to protect American consumers from unscrupulous private actors—charlatans, snake-oil salesmen, and the like—seeking to profit by selling unproven medical “cures,” treatments, and devices to the public.  Emerging during the era of the robber barons as part of Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to “civilize capitalism,” the FDA has prevented untold harm to...

Not Wanting to Be Left Behind, the UK Introduces Two Bills in Parliament Seeking to Improve UK’s Whistleblower Protections

Posted  07/2/21
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The European Union is on the cusp of taking a quantum leap in the protection of whistleblowers. Whereas previously only 8 of the 27 member states had national laws protecting whistleblowers, the new EU Whistleblowing Directive (Directive 2019/1937)  requires that all 27 member states transpose into national law sweeping whistleblower protections by the end of this year, creating a blanket of whistleblower protections...

Can the False Claims Act Protect Immigration Detainees from Forced Labor?

Posted  07/2/21
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By William Greenlaw A recent human rights case raises a novel question of False Claims Act applicability: when private immigration detention facilities defraud the government by forcing individuals into labor. The federal government has a vast regulatory and statutory scheme meant to stop federal contractors from using trafficked labor. But forced labor in detention facilities has historically been overlooked....

This Week in Whistleblower History: 50th Anniversary of the Publication of the “Pentagon Papers,” Leaked by Daniel Ellsberg

Posted  06/17/21
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This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication by The New York Times, starting on June 13, 1971, of a series of reports on the secret history of the Vietnam War based on thousands of pages of highly classified government documents.  The documents, which became known as the “Pentagon Papers,” were leaked by Daniel Ellsberg, a former U.S. Marine with a Ph.D. in Economics working as a military analyst for...

Auto-safety regulators finally take steps to stand up nation’s only safety-focused whistleblower program, but challenges lie ahead

Posted  06/16/21
crash test dummy in car
Back in 2015, the public seethed over the auto industry’s historic failures.  Takata’s air-bag scandal, Toyota’s unintended-acceleration deceptions, and General Motors’s deadly ignition-switch cover-up were in the headlines.  Hundreds died and millions were exposed to grave dangers because of the industry’s propensity to bury known safety defects. In 2015, Congress tried to turn the tide, passing the

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Whistleblowers Without Borders: International Whistleblowers are Increasingly Important Contributors of Tips to the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program

Posted  06/11/21
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On March 4, 2021, the SEC announced an award of over $5 million to joint foreign whistleblowers whose tip, providing significant information about misconduct abroad, caused the opening of an investigation that resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action. According to Jane Norberg, former Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, “The whistleblowers’ information alerted the staff to misconduct...

The Dawn of Antitrust Whistleblowing

Posted  06/9/21
By Marlene Koury, Kristian Soltes
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Whistleblowing is crossing paths with antitrust enforcement. Expect the trend to accelerate.

In the past few years, whistleblowers have become increasingly instrumental in detecting and addressing corporate wrongdoing. Increased protections and financial incentives have encouraged whistleblowers to expose corruption and other wrongdoing, much of which would otherwise often go unnoticed. This phenomenon is also...

Book Review: “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty,” by Patrick Radden Keefe

Posted  06/3/21
By Max Voldman
Last October, Purdue Pharma, the inventor, manufacturer, and marketer of Oxycontin, the drug at the center of the opioid crisis, reached a massive healthcare fraud settlement with the Department of Justice. The Department advertised the settlement as an $8.3 billion dollar recovery, which would make it one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in history. In his book Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden Keefe explores...

Catch of the Week: Dental Clinics to Pay $2.7M for Using Unsterilized Tools on Medicaid Patients

Posted  05/28/21
Dental Chair and Equipment
For over five years, Upper Allegheny Health Systems, a health care system operating several dental clinics in New York and Pennsylvania, allegedly performed dental services without sterilizing equipment between patients and falsely billed Medicaid for those services. After a former employee blew the whistle, the United States and the State of New York stepped in to investigate, and the defendant agreed to a $2.7...
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