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Catch of the Week – Hybrid Tech pays $29 Million to Resolve Claims of Collusive Bidding on Sale of Energy Department Loan in Case Brought by Creditors

Posted  02/6/20
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Our Catch of the Week arises out of misconduct in a corporate restructuring, features a unique whistleblower, and resulted in a $29 million recovery by the government. The defendants, Hybrid Tech Holdings, LLC and related entities, were alleged to have rigged bids in a government auction of a loan made to Fisker Automotive under the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan...

Vote Now for the 2019 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  01/30/20
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Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2019 Whistleblower of the Year. As in past years, we are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety. You can choose among the candidates listed below, or identify your own candidate....

EU, UK, and Canadian Whistleblowers Receive New or Enhanced Protections

Posted  12/5/19
By Ginger Buck
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Three recent international developments have occurred that will further enable and encourage whistleblowers to report alleged wrongdoing, and provide guidance for employers and organizations to respond to such complaints. The European Union formally adopted a whistleblower protection directive on September 25, 2019, requiring organizations with 50 or more workers to establish internal reporting channels over the...

November 8, 2019

Two New York City real estate development companies, Mica Gabe Brooklyn LLC and Brooklyn Warehouse 180 LLC, will pay $3 million to resolve claims that they secured a New York tax break, Section 421-a, by falsely stating that building service employees would be paid prevailing wages when, in fact, employees hired at the buildings were paid less than the wages required by law.  The $3 million settlement consists of $2.5 million in damages under Section 421-a and the New York False Claims Act, and $415,000 in back wages.  The investigation was initiated with the filing of a whistleblower complaint under the NY FCA by local union 32BJ SEIU, which will receive a portion of the damages as a whistleblower reward.  NY

In Second-Ever Enforcement Action of Its Kind, SEC Stands with Whistleblower Against Company’s Attempt to Muzzle Reporting

Posted  11/8/19
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Imagine that, after you invest in a company, you start to smell a rat. After you try to alert other investors or report what you believe is a fraudulent scheme, the company you invested in draws up an agreement that conditions your shareholding on a prohibition on speaking with regulatory agencies. If it seems illegal, that’s because it is. Yet that’s exactly what online auction and memorabilia company Collectors...

“Whistleblowers don’t come forward because it polls well; they come forward because, having done their own moral calculus, they simply don’t have a choice.”

Posted  11/6/19
By Leah Judge, Hallie Noecker
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Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys Leah Judge and Hallie Noecker discuss why President Trump's attempt to intimidate whistleblowers is failing--and will continue to fail – in Law360 (paywall).  Judge and Noecker posit that whistleblowers are cut from a different cloth. They value fairness over loyalty, and their consciences drive them to speak truth to power, even when doing so carries great personal...

Constantine Cannon Settles Whistleblower Case with Sharp Healthcare Center for Research

Posted  11/6/19
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A whistleblower represented by Constantine Cannon, who exposed an alleged cycle of deceit at Sharp HealthCare, a regional hospital system in San Diego, has settled a False Claims Act lawsuit against the Sharp Healthcare Center for Research, Sharp’s clinical-trial research arm. The whistleblower suit alleged that Sharp fraudulently billed government payers, like Medicare and Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in...

Appellate Decision Raises Questions for Relators Seeking a Share from Alternate Remedies

Posted  11/4/19
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The Third Circuit caught industry headlines when it was reported to have ruled on October 28, 2019, that a whistleblower had no right to an award based on a portion of criminal fines or forfeitures. That would upend longstanding rights of relators to share in the proceeds of “related proceedings.” Thankfully, the real scope of the opinion is less far-reaching, though it would be wise for relators to consider...

Media Round-Up: Our Whistleblower Lawyers in the Press

Posted  10/24/19
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With whistleblowers continuing to dominate the headlines, lawyers from the Constantine Cannon whistleblower team have been published in and featured in a number of outlets.  This week saw the following stories:

Media Roundup: Constantine Cannon Attorneys on the Ukraine Whistleblower

Posted  10/11/19
As the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry continues to dominate the headlines, numerous Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys have been in the news providing experienced commentary on the anonymous whistleblowers who have exposed the alleged misconduct. On Monday, USA Today published an op-ed by Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorney Noelle Yasso challenging President Trump’s claim that he has a...
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