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Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Westrick wins California appeal under state false claims act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
Dr. Aaron Westrick has won reinstatement of his claims under the California False Claims Act. Last Thursday, May 26, 2011, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District (in Los Angeles) issued its decision in State of California ex rel. Westrick v. Itochu International, Inc., Case No. B223053. On January 26, 2010, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County … Continue Reading

Sylvester wins at ARB in a victory for all whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Healthcare, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals
On May 25, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued a major decision in favor of whistleblowers. In Sylvester v. Parexel International, ARB Case No. 07-123 (ARB May 25, 2011), the ARB held that a whistleblower only needs a "reasonable belief" of a violation to engage in protected activity under the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The ARB … Continue Reading

SEC’s Dodd-Frank rules are a major victory for whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. By a vote of 3-2, the SEC approved these final rules this morning. The SEC has released a fact sheet summarizing the new rules. The outcome is a major victory for whistleblowers.  The SEC rejected proposals put forward … Continue Reading

Final Whistleblower Provisions in Dodd-Frank Act to be Announced Tomorrow

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Tomorrow, May 25th at 9:30 a.m. EST, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will meet to vote on its final rules for the whistleblower provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The rules will directly relate to the new "bounty" provisions in the Securities Exchange Act, which requires the SEC to pay whistleblower rewards.  You can … Continue Reading

SEC to vote on whistleblower regs next Wednesday

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just announced that it will hold a vote on its whistleblower regulations at its meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. The regulations are controversial. Business interests have been pushing hard for a series of hurdles that will weaken the Dodd-Frank Act. The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) submitted comments … Continue Reading

Groups spurn NWC and file petition against FCA

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
Rebuffing an open letter from the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) asking for a face-to-face meeting, and brushing aside the potential consequences for the best whistleblower law ever enacted, three organizations filed a petition yesterday challenging the False Claims Act (FCA). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), OMB Watch and the Government Accountability Project (GAP) filed the petition in the U.S. … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit denies protection for going to the media

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
In a major setback for whistleblowers, a panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has decided that going to the media can never be protected activity under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The decision, issued in the case of Tides v. Boeing Corporation, upheld the firing of two Boeing employees, Nicholas P. Tides (a compliance specialist) and Matthew C. … Continue Reading