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The Most Ethical Workers in the US May Be … Construction Workers, Report Finds

U.S. construction industry employees are more at risk for facing workplace ethics issues, but they also are more willing to blow the whistle on misconduct than employees in other industries, according to a report from the Ethics Resource Center (ERC). When compared to the U.S. national averages, employees...

Tobacco Whistleblower Merrell Williams Jr. Is Dead, at 72

A paralegal who worked for a law firm in Kentucky that represented Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation and who leaked thousands of pages of internal industry memoranda and studies on the addictiveness of cigarettes and the connection between cigarette smoking and health risks, has died. Merrell...

Whistleblowers Received $14.8 Million from the SEC in 2013

Whistleblowers received $14,831,965 64 in payments from the Securities and Exchange Commission during fiscal year 2013. The SEC’s whistleblower program, now in its third year of operation, was designed to incentivize individuals to provide the SEC with specific, credible, and timely information...

‘Maybe Just Whistle’: #7 in Financial Fraud Law for the Year

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and ... blow.” That’s what Lauren...

Final Four in Financial Fraud Law’s Top 10 of the Year Is Coming Next Week!

The Financial Fraud Law Blog Top 10 countdown is nearing conclusion. You already have seen our picks for #10 down through #5, which we summarize below. Stay tuned for the final four picks, coming right after the New Year! We wish all of the readers of the Financial Fraud Law Blog , the subscribers...

New York City Settles Whistleblower Suit Over Medicaid Claims for Psychological Services for Special Education Students

The federal government and the City of New York have settled the case of Ohlmeyer ex rel. United States of America v. City of New York , a whistleblower action brought pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act. In its civil complaint, the federal government alleged that the...

US Government Sues Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Alleging Kickbacks and False Claims Relating to Iraq Support Services Contract

The U.S. government has filed a complaint against Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) and Kuwaiti companies La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Co. and First Kuwaiti Trading Co. for allegedly submitting false claims in connection with KBR’s contract with the Army to provide...

$300 Million Tax Fraud Suit Against Sprint-Nextel May Proceed, Appeals Court Rules

A first-of-its-kind lawsuit against Sprint-Nextel Corporation, alleging that it deliberately undercollected and underpaid millions of dollars in New York State and local sales taxes on flat-rate access charges for wireless calling plans, may continue to trial, a New York appellate court has ruled. ...

Whistleblowers Gain Broad Protection in New US Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) that protects whistleblowers protects not only whistleblowers employed by a public company but also employees of privately-held contractors and sub-contractors – for example, investment advisers...

Whistleblower to Receive $63.9 Million in JPMorgan Mortgage Loan Case

As readers of the Financial Fraud Law Report and the Financial Fraud Law Blog certainly recall, JPMorgan Chase settled a couple of big, big Madoff-related cases some weeks ago, reaching a $2.05 billion settlement with federal prosecutors over its failure to properly exercise oversight of Bernard Madoff...

Whistleblower Nets $1.1 Million in False Claims Act Case against Bristol-Myers Squibb

New York has reached a $6.2 million settlement of a whistleblower case alleging that a medical imaging company that made millions of dollars’ worth of sales in New York knowingly evaded New York State and New York City taxes. The whistleblower in the action will receive $1,137,814.80 from the...