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Understanding the Risks of Whistleblowing

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
In an article on the legal news website, Lawyers and Settlements, Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, explains that statistics reveal that most employees “who witness fraud or and violations of the law and don’t report it.”  In the article entitled Before You Blow the Whistle—Read This, Kohn explains the importance of consulting an attorney well versed in whistleblower law … Continue Reading

Full Court Review Requested in KBR Contracting Fraud Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Whistleblower Seeks Release of Documents that Demonstrated Contracting Fraud during the War in Iraq Washington, D.C. July 28, 2014. Today, Mr. Harry Barko, a whistleblower who alleged that defense contractor KBR had engaged in widespread fraud during the War in Iraq, requested the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a major … Continue Reading

Fourth Anniversary of Dodd-Frank Finds Financial Reform Under Attack From Corporate America

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Today, July 21, 2014, is the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act — the most significant financial reform law enacted since the Great Depression to combat Wall Street and financial fraud.  However, the law is under attack from Wall Street and Corporate America, and its most important provisions are in danger. Dodd-Frank was passed in 2010 in … Continue Reading

Updated SEC Whistleblower Awards List, July 2014

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to … Continue Reading

We Must Stop Illegal Gag Orders

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The post below was co-authored by Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn David K. Colapinto, partners of the law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP.  One of the most destructive tools used to silence whistleblowers are non-disclosure agreements (often found in employment contracts and severance agreements) which prohibit employees from disclosing fraud and other crimes to law enforcement agencies.  Today’s Washington Post story … Continue Reading

Three Judge Panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Shields Evidence of KBR Contracting Fraud In Iraq War Under Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News, Uncategorized
Washington, D.C.  June 27, 2014. Today the D.C. Circuit court issued a decision in the case of In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., finding certain reports produced during internal corporate investigations were covered under the attorney-client privilege even though the documents show employees believed there was contracting fraud taking place during the Iraq War.  The Court granted a … Continue Reading

SEC Settles First Case Under New Authority to Bring Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Actions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced its first settlement of a Whistleblower Retaliation case under the new anti-retaliation authority granted by the 2010 financial overhaul law. A Commission rule was adopted in 2011 under the Dodd-Frank Act authorized the SEC to bring enforcement actions based on retaliation against whistleblowers who report potential securities law violations to the agency.   In this … Continue Reading

June 2014 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to … Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Releases Statement on the Prosecution of Credit Suisse

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International, Tax Whistleblowers
Washington, D.C. May 20, 2014. The National Whistleblower Center Executive Director, Stephen M. Kohn (who also served as one of the attorneys for UBS tax whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. government’s prosecution of Credit Suisse bank: “On May 19, 2014 the Swiss bank Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans avoid taxes and … Continue Reading

Court Holds Arguments on Whether Documents Created by Non-Attorneys Are Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington, D.C.  May 8, 2014. Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held oral arguments in the case of In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al. This appeal arises from a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. over a judge’s order compelling the company to produce compliance investigation witness … Continue Reading

Updated SEC Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to … Continue Reading

KBR’s Confidentiality Agreements Draw Congressional Scrutiny

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. John F. Tierney, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter to the CEO of KBR, one of the nation’s largest government contractors, requesting documents relating to the company’s treatment of potential whistleblowers seeking to report wrongdoing at the company. The … Continue Reading

Washington Post Reports: SEC Investigating KBR

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
According to a March 11 report by The Washington Post, the Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into Halliburton’s former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). KBR is the largest American contractor operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, responsible for $40 billion worth of federal work. The Washington Post reports that the SEC is looking into the claims that KBR … Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List Updated

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to … Continue Reading

Big Win for Corporate Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SOX whistleblower protection covers mutual fund industry Washington, D.C. March 4, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, that contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies are fully protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for corporate whistleblowers. Significantly, in today’s decision the Supreme Court explicitly held that investment advisors and other “independent contractors” employed in the mutual … Continue Reading

SEC Backs Whistleblowers in Key Court Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Washington, D.C. Feburary 20, 2014. Today the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an extensive brief and position statement before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the court to fully protect whistleblowers who make internal disclosures exposing fraud against investors and other violations of securities laws.  Linked here are a copy of the SEC’s brief and a copy of … Continue Reading