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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

NWC Issues Action Alert to Save America’s Most Important Whistleblower Law

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
On July 25, 2014, the National Whistleblower Center issued the following Action Alert: Demand that the House Judiciary Committee cancel the hearing on False Claims Act “reform” scheduled for July 30, 2014. If the Committee is determined to hold the hearing, then a member of the National Whistleblower Center should be invited to testify as a witness. Urgent Action Needed!! … 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

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

Report Reveals Federal Agencies’ Non-disclosure Policies Violate the WEPA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
A report released today by Senator Charles Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reveals that most of the fifteen executive branch departments’ nondisclosure agreement policies violate the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.  The law requires such agreements to contain an explicit statement notifying employees the agreements do not trump an employee’s rights and obligations under the law relating to … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Uses Privacy Act To Limit Congressional Oversight

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
The Washington Times reports today that  the Obama Administration is accused of using a broad interpretation of federal privacy statutes to block Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from pursuing investigations such as “‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scandal to the questioning of judicial nominees,” the article states. The article details how the Department of Justice invoked the Privacy Act to  bar the Senator  from … 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

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

Birkenfeld’s Attorney to Speak Tonight at DC Library

Posted in Events
You may have read about him in the Washington Post Style section today, heard him on NPR, or listened to him on Democracy Now! Tonight you can see Stephen M. Kohn in person at the West End Library in Washington, DC. The event begins at 7pm, and it is completely free and open to the public. Call your friends and … Continue Reading