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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

NWC joins Amicus Brief in Support of Whistleblower’s Petition for Certiorari

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
On June 26th, 2014, the National Whistleblower Center joined in an amicus brief filed in Kalyanaram v. New York Institute of Technology before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Petition For Writ Of Certiorari. The issue involves whether whistleblowers can be required to reveal the fact they have filed a False Claims Act case, which is under seal, … Continue Reading

Intelligence Whistleblowers Should Use “Expanded Protections” With Caution

Posted in National Security, News, Uncategorized
New intelligence community whistleblower protections lacking On July 7, 2014, President Obama signed the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” This bill includes a section providing “Protection Of Intelligence Community Whistleblowers.” These protections specify that employees who divulge information about possible misconduct within their agencies to their Inspectors General or other designated intelligence offices will be protected. Stephen M. … 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

House Panel Investigates Alleged Interference with Whistleblower’s Testimony

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
The Washington Examiner reports that Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., will investigate whether  a letter to the House Financial Services subcommittee constituted interference with congressional oversight or an attempt to intimidate future witnesses appearing before the panel. The letter that sparked the investigation came from John Dowd, a criminal defense lawyer representing Liza Strong, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s employment services chief and requested that a … Continue Reading

Senators Demand Answers on Surveillance of Whistleblower Communications with Congress

Posted in News
Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden issued the following press statement today in regard to the National Intelligence Agency’s plans to implement continuous monitoring of security clearance holders and it’s impact on whistleblowers who communicate with members of Congress: Grassley, Wyden Press for Answers on Continuous Monitoring of Whistleblower and Legislative Branch Communications             WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley and … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Issues Decision On Key Whistleblower Rights Case

Posted in News
Ruling Protecting Testimony Before Federal Grand Juries Will Have Widespread Impact On Fraud Investigations Washington, D.C. June 19, 2014. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark whistleblower decision in the case of Lane v. Franks.  The Court held that truthful testimony before a federal Grand Jury is “clearly” protected speech under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court in an unanimous … Continue Reading

In Memory of William Worthy (1921-2014)

Posted in News
William Worthy had a long and distinguished journalism career, which is chronicled in his obituary by the Boston Globe. The National Whistleblower Center was honored to have him on its Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors from its inception until he retired in 2005.  During his tenure on the Board of Directors, Mr. Worthy provided invaluable guidance … Continue Reading

Moral Courage Project Features FBI Whistleblower

Posted in News
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, who blew the whistle on misconduct in the FBI Crime Lab, is featured in a short video by the Moral Courage Project. Dr. Whitehurst was the first successful FBI whistleblower.  His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time. Click this link to learn more about … Continue Reading

CA Supreme Court Upholds Physician’s Rights Under State Whistleblower Law

Posted in News
Last month the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case involving physician who filed a whistleblower lawsuit challenging the termination of his hospital privileges. In Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals, the court upheld a physician’s right to file a whistle-blower lawsuit before exhausting the peer-review process. Read more about the case: Ruling in Physician Whistle-Blower Case Could … Continue Reading