Washington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling that breaches to the confidentiality (or seal) provision of a case brought under the FCA will not result in an automatic dismissal of the case.
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Financial services giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $264 million in sanctions resulting from the firm’s referral hiring practices in the Asia-Pacific region. This agreement settles SEC charges that JPMorgan Chase won business from clients and corruptly influenced government officials by giving jobs and internships to their relatives and friends in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
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This week KKC Partner Stephen Kohn is participating in an anti-corruption conference in Belgrade, Serbia as a featured panelist. The conference entitled “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources,” is hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information and runs from today through Friday.
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Ship failed to make entries in oil record book and had a “magic hose” on deck.

Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges the vessel violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). The case was held in a federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler.
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On August 30, 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program. The IRS Whistleblower Program plays an important role providing an avenue for reporting tax evasion. Between 2011 and 2016, the IRS collected more than $2 billion because of information provided by whistleblowers. However, whistleblowers and Members of Congress continue to express concerns with the operation of this program.
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Washington, D.C. October 12, 2016. The Securities and Commodities Exchange(SEC) announced yesterday that fiscal year 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, was a record year for SEC enforcement. The agency reached new highs in enforcement in all areas, especially for whistleblowers.
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On September 14, 2016, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney spoke at the Sixteenth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference about the SEC’s whistleblower program. His remarks covered issues from the impact of the whistleblower program on the Agency to the role of whistleblower attorneys as they help their clients navigate the investigative and claims process.
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