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Question of the Week

This archive includes posts from our “Question of the Week” series, in which the Whistleblower Insider blog addresses topics of interest to whistleblowers.  Return to:

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Question of the Week -- Should Money Managers Hold Companies Accountable For Their Social Impact?

Posted  01/17/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink recently sent a warning letter to CEOs across the globe: BlackRock, which manages $6.3 trillion in assets, expects companies it invests in to have a positive impact on society. "Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose," Fink wrote in his letter. "To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver...

Question of the Week: Could drug companies do more to prevent serious flu outbreaks?

Posted  01/10/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This year is gearing up to be a terrible flu season.  Already, California has seen 27 flu deaths and other states and countries are experiencing similar death rates.  Although many Americans get the flu vaccine every year, the vaccine is not a panacea—this year, its effectiveness is estimated at 30%.  (At least some experts believe the vaccine was only 10% effective against...

Question of the Week -- Are You Concerned About Bitcoin Trading?

Posted  12/20/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Harkening back to the days of the dot-com bubble, investors are rapidly jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon. The cryptocurrency has gained has gained incredible interest as the price has skyrocketed from under $1,000 to over $19,000. Adding fuel to the fire, bitcoin futures began trading on the CBOE Futures Exchange and the CME also plans to allow futures trading. SEC Chairman...

Question of the Week -- Are cryptocurrencies a bubble?

Posted  12/13/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin was worth less than $1,000 a year ago—and now is worth over $16,000 (the exact price changes constantly).  This explosive rise is leading analysts to call its growth a bubble, or even “the bubble to end all bubbles.”  And it’s not just Bitcoin.  A number of cryptocurrencies exist, with varying levels of transparency about valuation,...

Question of the Week -- Should the Supreme Court Overturn the Federal Ban on Sports Betting?

Posted  12/6/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case that could have wide ranging implications on the future of sports gambling. New Jersey, along with 20 other states, has argued that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (“PASPA”), a federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, is unconstitutional. PASPA prohibits legal sports gambling in all...

Question of the Week: Should the journalist who revealed the Laquan McDonald police shooting be forced to reveal his sources?

Posted  11/30/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Jamie Kalven is an independent journalist and activist who covers issues of race, poverty, police practices, and government corruption in his hometown of Chicago. In late 2014, he received a tip that the Chicago police were lying about the circumstances in the death of an African-American teenager, Laquan McDonald, on October 20, 2014. The police had reported that Mr. McDonald...

Question of the Week -- Should other countries duplicate Nigeria’s whistleblower program?

Posted  11/15/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Nigerian government disclosed that it has paid awards to more than 20 whistleblowers since the anti-corruption program was enacted in December 2016. Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, released the numbers in response to allegations that Nigeria has not been paying whistleblower awards. Adeosun did not disclose how much has been paid to whistleblowers, but assured...

Question of the Week -- Is the weekend purge in Saudi Arabia actually a victory for anti-corruption efforts?

Posted  11/8/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The global community is reeling from a weekend full of arrests in Saudi Arabia.  Prominent princes and ministers, including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, were charged with a variety of bribery and money laundering charges and are currently under arrest in the Ritz-Carleton. Prince Alwaleed has publicly sparred with President Trump in the past and thus far the...

Question of the Week -- Are You Concerned About Whitefish Energy’s Questionable Contract?

Posted  11/1/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Brock Long, the head of FEMA, recently testified to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs that his agency was not aware of Whitefish Energy’s $300 million no-bid contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid until after it was awarded. Long told committee members, “there’s no lawyer inside FEMA that would have ever agreed to the language...

Question of the Week -- Will the TIAA Fraud Revelations Affect the Fate of Fiduciary Rules?

Posted  10/25/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team TIAA (formerly known as TIAA-CREF) is an investment advisor that advertises itself as a committed company guided by “high ethical standards.”  This reputation is now in serious danger after multiple revelations regarding the company’s alleged wrongdoing and hidden profit-driven culture.  Just in the last couple of years, TIAA paid $5 million over excessive fees for...
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