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Monthly Archives: June 2010

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SOX whistleblower provision survives Supreme Court decision

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Legislation, News
Today the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, held that one provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) is unconstitutional.  However, it also held that this one provision is "severable" so that the other provisions of SOX, including the whistleblower protection, are still in force.  The case is Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, No. 08-861 (June 28,… Continue Reading

Ricky Lee Campbell wins temporary reinstatement to Massey coal mine

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers, News
National Public Radio (NPR) is reporting that a federal administrative judge has ordered that the Massey Coal Company temporarily reinstate whistleblower Ricky Lee Campbell while his retaliation case is pending.  Campbell drove coal shuttle cars and bolted mine roofs at the Upper Big Branch and Massey’s Slip Ridge Cedar Grove mine.  He complained about problems with the brakes and power… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Backs UBS Whistleblower, Swiss Parliament Rejects DOJ UBS Deal

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
In the past 24 hours there have been significant developments in the case of UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld. Three years ago, the former UBS banker provided the U.S. government with detailed information on how to identify the names of 19,000 American citizens who held illegal secret bank accounts at UBS bank in Switzerland. He reported the largest tax fraud scheme in history, and for the first time there was a crack in the vault of Swiss bank secrecy...… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit stays Goerge Fort’s reinstatement, without considering the public interest

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Last week, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stayed George Fort’s preliminary order of reinstatement. Tennessee Commerce Corp. fired Fort last year after he sent a letter to the company’s audit committee about failures in the bank’s internal controls. Fort filed a whistleblower complaint under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). I reported here about how the Occupational Safety and Health… Continue Reading