Not Wanting to Be Left Behind, the UK Introduces Two Bills in Parliament Seeking to Improve UK’s Whistleblower Protections
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?
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....
In a potential watershed moment, data whistleblowing pioneer Integra Med Analytics secured their first government intervention in a False Claims Act case alleging Medicare billing fraud against a group of skilled nursing facilities in New York. Integra's action alleges that over the course of almost a decade, the fraud resulted in overcharges exceeding $129 million.
Auto-safety regulators finally take steps to stand up nation’s only safety-focused whistleblower program, but challenges lie ahead
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
Whistleblowers Without Borders: International Whistleblowers are Increasingly Important Contributors of Tips to the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program
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...
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...
When it comes to their respective whistleblower programs, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) does not get the same respect or attention the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) does. That is largely because the SEC Whistleblower Program has been an unparalleled success, with whistleblower awards being made (and highly promoted) virtually every week or two. Last year was a record-breaking year for...
A Better Approach for Encouraging Would-Be Whistleblowers to Stand Up and Be Heard
There is a clear recognition these days that whistleblowers play a critical role in rooting out fraud and misconduct. That is why Congress has passed an ever-increasing array of legislation aimed at protecting and rewarding whistleblowers.
There is the False Claims Act, which rewards and protects whistleblowers who report fraud against the federal government. A majority of states have passed analogous state...
Published in San Francisco Chronicle
Most are applauding Xavier Becerra as President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to run the U.S. Health and Human Services. This is the agency -- with nearly $1.3 trillion at its disposal -- that oversees the safety of our drugs (through FDA), deals with outbreaks and pandemics (through CDC), and administers Medicare and Medicaid. It is at the epicenter of ensuring our ultimate...