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Monthly Archives: March 2010

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Whistleblower complaint prompts DaimlerChrysler to pay $185 million

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that DaimlerChrysler and U.S. government attorneys have reached an agreement in which the company will pay $185 million to settle charges that it paid bribes to foreign officials to obtain at least $50 million in business profits. Company auditor David Bazzetta objected to the bribes, and went over his boss’ head to try to… Continue Reading

Maryland Senate passes watered-down state False Health Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals
The Maryland Senate yesterday passed a state version of the False Claims Act (FCA) by a vote of 37 in favor and 8 against. Before passing this bill, however, the Senate watered it down with an amendment. The Maryland False Health Claims Act of 2010, SB 279, as amended, no longer allows the state (or a whistleblower acting on behalf… Continue Reading

University of Chicago researcher finds whistleblowers are best detectors of fraud

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Two years ago, this blog reported on a study by a University of Chicago researcher that finds employee whistleblowers detect more corporate fraud than any source of detection. Now Dallas News columnist Will Deener has reviewed the same research by Adair Morse. The study is about to be published in The Journal of Finance. Of the pool of 216 cases… Continue Reading

OSHA orders reinstatement and $2 million for TNCC CFO

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor
George Fort has won over $2 million in damages and an order of reinstatement to his position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Tennessee Commerce Bank. Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the reinstatement order has immediate effect and will not be stayed while the bank appeals. 18 USC § 1514A(b)(2)(A) and 49 USC § 42121(b)(2)(A). The Occupational Safety and Health… Continue Reading

Will Supreme Court take a swipe at the “cat’s paw”?

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
A growing trend in employer attempts to evade liability for discrimination is to find a manager with no record of discrimination and use that manager to be the official "decision maker" for firing the employee. Civil rights and whistleblower advocates use the "cat’s paw" theory to argue that the official decision-maker was just a "cat’s paw" for the manager who… Continue Reading

New Jersey Supreme Court poised to punish for purloined documents

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in a case where whistleblower Joyce Quinlan is asking for reinstatement of her $10 million jury verdict. An appellate court had vacated the verdict finding that Curtiss-Wright was justified in firing Quinlan for taking company documents for use in her litigation. The New Jersey Law Journal reports that the questions during… Continue Reading