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Washington Post Reports Federal Contractor Gagged Employees

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington Post Reports: Largest DOD contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan gags employees from reporting fraud. Employees who witness fraud threatened with termination if they told ANYONE outside of KBR of allegations. A February 20, 2014, report by The Washington Post revealed that Halliburton/KBR, one of the nation’s largest government contractors, requires employees to sign confidentiality agreements, which violate federal whistleblower laws.  The confidentiality … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Recover over $200 Million for Taxpayers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
This week the Department of Justice issued a series of press releases announcing settlements in several cases under the False Claims Act. The settlement of these cases, originally brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, resulted in recoveries of over $200 million for the U.S. Taxpayers. The settlements are listed below: Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health … Continue Reading

False Claims Act Resource Updated

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
FCABookThe National Whistleblowers Center recently updated its False Claim Acts: Federal, State and Municipal Qui Tam Laws publication. This publication outlines all current U.S. laws that allow private citizens who witness fraud against a government entity to file suit “blowing the whistle” on greedy contractors who bilk government agencies, and to be awarded a portion of the monies recovered. The … Continue Reading

D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduces whistleblower bill to curb tax evasion

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
District of Columbia Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the "False Claims Act of 2013," which will amend the D.C. False Claims Act to permit whistleblowers to bring tax-related fraud claims. If enacted into law, the bill would permit whistleblowers to seek a qui tam or relator's share when the amount of uncollected tax is worth $350,000 or more, and brought against taxpayers who have an income above $1 million… Continue Reading

Record Recoveries under False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
  The Justice Department confirmed in a release issued on December 4 that it has been a record year for recoveries from the False Claims Act.  In fact 2012 garnered the DOJ the “largest annual recovery in Department history.” Most of the recoveries were from actions filed under the whistleblower/qui tam provisions of the FCA.  The DOJ release notes, “Of … Continue Reading

Blood Medicine tells the story of Mark Duxbury’s suffering to expose big pharma’s abuse

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Healthcare, Honesty Without Fear Radio, Pharmaceuticals
Kathleen Sharp’s book about pharmaceutical whistleblower Mark Duxbury will be released in paperback on September 1, 2012. It is Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever. I had the pleasure of interviewing journalist Kathleen Sharp on November 15, 2011.  You can listen to the archive of that interview here. Mark Duxbury was a star … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Are Underpaid And Under Appreciated

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington, DC, attorney Steven N. Berk wrote the following in his blog, The Corporate Observer. He has generously given permission for us to repost it here: To many, whistleblowers are akin to lottery winners; just plain lucky. If you complain enough (like buying plenty of lottery tickets) you may eventually get lucky. To others, whistleblowers are disloyal, greedy and opportunistic. … Continue Reading

Davis wins appeal and appeals court overturns outdated rule to be an “original source”

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of whistleblower Michael Davis and overturned the limitation of that Court’s decision in United States ex rel. Findley v. FPC-Boron Employees’ Club, 105 F.3d 675 (D.C. Cir. 1997).  In Findley, the Court held that to be an "original source" for a qui … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Kenneth Jones wins appeal and forces Harvard to trial for research fraud

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Whistleblower Dr. Kenneth Jones and his wife Priscilla Jones won an appeal yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In vacating a summary judgment, the Court held that Jones presented sufficient evidence of fraud to require a jury trial. Dr. Jones claims that Drs. Marilyn Albert and Ronald Killiany fudged brain scans in a project studying … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Handbook, Second Edition, is released today

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Publications and Resources, Tax Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
The NWC is proud to announce the release of the second edition of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. This second edition includes a new 20–page checklist on the procedures for obtaining Dodd-Frank Act rewards from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The checklist covers the SEC’s regulations that went into effect on … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers win the final round of ACLU v. Holder

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
The deadline for three organizations to file a petition for review with the U.S. Supreme Court has now passed. The Fourth Circuit’s March 28, 2011, decision is now the final word in ACLU v. Holder. Today, the ACLU’s chief counsel, Christopher Hansen, confirmed to me that they decided against appealing to the Supreme Court. In ACLU v. Holder, three organizations … Continue Reading

NWC seminar on Dodd-Frank a huge success

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Events, False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, Tax Whistleblowers
David Colapinto, Stephen Kohn, Sean McKessy and Michael Kohn. Photo by Lindsey Williams. Yesterday, the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) road trip of seminars came to Washington, DC, to spread the word about new opportunities for whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "This was the best continuing legal education I’ve had in 17 years," attorney Don … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit again saves False Claims Act from ACLU

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, overruled a petition for rehearing filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), OMB Watch, and the Government Accountability Project (GAP). By rejecting the petition for rehearing, the Fourth Circuit again saved America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act (FCA). I reported here how on March 28, … Continue Reading

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

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