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Importance of Whistleblowers

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Announcing the Winners of the Second Constantine Cannon Law School Essay Contest

Posted  12/3/21
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Earlier this year, Constantine Cannon launched its Second Annual Law School Essay Writing Contest on the importance of whistleblowers.  We wanted to hear from our future leaders of the bar on the importance of whistleblowers and to instill at this early stage of their careers the much-needed recognition of and appreciation for the critical role whistleblowers play in our society. Well, close to a hundred students...

Recent Settlements Show Kickbacks are Always a DOJ Enforcement Priority

Posted  11/15/21
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The Department of Justice regularly highlights the areas of fraudulent conduct it intends to target as enforcement priorities.  These identified enforcement priorities tend to cover burgeoning areas of fraud or particular misbehavior especially ripe or prevalent because of the particular times we live in.  As might be expected, DOJ's current listing of priorities includes fraud related to the pandemic, opioids, the

Hyundai Whistleblower Represented by Constantine Cannon Gets $24.3 Million, First-Ever Award for Reporting Defects to Auto Safety Regulators

Posted  11/9/21
In the first-ever whistleblower award made to an auto-industry insider under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  announced today that it will pay former Hyundai safety engineer Gwang Ho Kim $24.3 million for information he provided about safety defects in millions of Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Kim supplied startling evidence to the government...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Mary Inman and Leah Judge Contribute to The Tech Worker Handbook

Posted  10/8/21
This week, Pinterest whistleblower Ifeoma Ozoma launched The Tech Worker Handbook, a collection of resources designed to help workers in the tech industry decide whether to speak out about wrongdoing.  The Handbook was created with funding from the Omidyar Network in partnership with the Signals Network, the Whistleblowing International Network, and Lioness Strategies.  Constantine Cannon’s own Mary Inman and Leah...

Pandora Papers Show the Value of Financial Transparency, the Critical Role of Whistleblowers – and the Need for Additional Regulation

Posted  10/8/21
This week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners began publicly reporting on the “Pandora Papers,” a trove of millions of leaked documents from firms around the world that help customers set up “offshore” accounts and shell companies designed to conceal financial truths.  The leaked documents, and the extensive reporting on the documents, sheds light on the murky world of...

Attention Whistleblowers: DOJ Announces Cyber Fraud Initiative

Posted  10/7/21
On October 6, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced that the Department of Justice will launch a Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative to combat new cyber threats and hold accountable those “that put U.S. information or systems at risk by knowingly providing deficient cybersecurity products or services, knowingly misrepresenting their cybersecurity practices or protocols, or knowingly violating obligations to monitor...

Whistleblower Reveals Facebook’s Lies: Will the SEC or Congress Act to Curtail Threats to Democracy and Teens from Social Media?

Posted  10/1/21
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For anyone who cares about the future of liberal democracy, improving the mental health and well-being of children, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, or stopping drug cartels and human trafficking, the recent series in The Wall Street Journal titled “The Facebook Files” is a must-read.  Based on a trove of internal documents shared by a Facebook whistleblower, as well as interviews with numerous current and former...

A Billion in the Bank and Still No End In Sight For SEC’s Warm Embrace of Whistleblowers

Posted  10/1/21
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It has been only two weeks since the SEC passed the billion dollar mark in whistleblower awards under the agency's Whistleblower Program.  By all accounts, there will be no end to the cavalcade of awards that brought us to this landmark event. Starting with the whistleblower payout that brought the total awards tally past the 10-figure threshold.  It was a blockbuster $110 million award, the second largest to...

Passage of “Silenced No More Act” Poised to Usher in New Era of Transparency, Where California Whistleblowers Will No Longer be Gagged by Overly Broad Non-Disclosure Agreements and Non-Disparagement Clauses and Can More Freely Report Corporate Fraud

Posted  09/24/21
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On Monday, August 30th, the California Legislature took a giant leap forward in promoting transparency, corporate accountability, and integrity by passing Senate Bill 331, the “Silenced No More Act,” which is soon to be one of the country’s most advanced laws redressing the insidious role NDAs and other concealment and non-disparagement clauses have played in preventing whistleblowers from speaking up about...

U.S. Pursuit of Risk Adjustment Fraud Continues with Complaint in Intervention in Case Filed by Constantine Cannon Client against Independent Health and its Coding Subsidiary DxID

Posted  09/16/21
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In July, we wrote that managed care enforcement had reached a “tipping point,” as the Department of Justice intervened in whistleblower cases against Kaiser Permanente alleging risk adjustment fraud, including a case brought by Constantine Cannon client Dr. James Taylor.  Just last month, we announced a $90 million settlement in a different Medicare Advantage risk adjustment fraud case brought by Constantine...
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