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Director Scofflaw Undone By Whistleblower

A corporate director and division CEO of a Fortune 1,000 company who systematically abused his position, obtaining payments from vendors and misappropriating company property, was undone by a whistleblower. The Commission filed a settled action naming the former director as a defendant. SEC v. Fiorentino...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/3/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: WCRI Executive Director Explains How to Keep Lawyers Out of Workers’ Comp Cases . Aon Report...

Whistleblower Update 2013 — What You Need To Know — Complimentary CLE Webinar

Recent amendments to a number of whistleblower laws and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act have made maintaining a whistleblower claim easier for employees in many cases. On February 13, 2013, at 2 P.M. ET , LexisNexis® presents Whistleblower Update 2013: Complying With an Evolving, Growing &...

Department of Labor Files Suit Against Retirement Facility for Terminating Whistleblower for Reporting Bedbug Infestation

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a whistleblower and retaliation lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates S.E.M. Terrace, a retirement facility in Milford, Ohio. The lawsuit alleges that...

Third Circuit Supports Broader Access to Whistleblower Protection in Sarbanes-Oxley Cases

A federal appeals court made it easier for whistleblowers to claim protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), adding dramatic weight to the U.S. Department of Labor's landmark ruling that such employees can be protected even if they fail to cite the exact rules their employer may have broken...

Unpub. BIA CAT Remand: Mexico; Zetas; Whistleblower

"[T]he applicant also testified that he was beaten by police officers because his friend's mother reported the incident with the Zeta Cartel to the police (11. at 4' Tr. at 63-65). The Immigration Judge did not assess whether the applicant's alleged harm by the police constitutes a valid...

Williams Mullen: Preparing for the Unexpected: The Affordable Care Act’s Whistleblower Provision

By Mary Pivec and Igor M. Babichenko On February 27, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its interim final rule setting forth the procedures for handling complaints brought under the whistleblower provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This whistleblower...

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Appeals Court Restricts Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

In the first opinion on the subject by an appellate court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in Asadi v. G.E. Energy (USA), LLC , No. 12-20522 (5th Cir. July 17, 2013) [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that Dodd-Frank’s protections against whistleblower retaliation...

Iowa: Trial Court Has Jurisdiction to Hear Emotional Distress Claim Associated With Whistle-Blowing Activity

An Iowa appellate court recently affirmed, in relevant part, a trial court's denial of defendants’ motion for judgment N.O.V., and for new trial, after a jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff on his claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress and the trial court ruled in plaintiff's...

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...

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‘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...

When Whistleblowers Strike, Give a Little Whistle for D&O Insurance

Anderson Kill presents its 11th annual D&O seminar: When Whistleblowers Strike, Give a Little Whistle for D&O Insurance When: Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 3-5 p.m.; cocktail reception follows Where: The Westin Times Square, 270 West 43rd Street - New York, NY Price: Free Whistleblower suits...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Physicians in Whistleblower Suits Need Not Exhaust Peer Review Remedies

A recent decision of the California Supreme Court removed a long-standing procedural limitation on physician suits against hospitals arising from peer review actions. In the recent decision, the California Supreme Court held that a physician need not exhaust hospital-based or judicial remedies before...