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How Does Your Organization Treat Whistleblowers?
Posted on 8 Feb 2013 by Thomas Fox

As almost everyone knows, Lance Armstrong spoke for the first time about his performance enhancing drug (PED) use recently on Oprah. On the first night he admitted for the first time that he used PEDs during his seven wins at the Tour De France. The... Read More

Economic Downturn Week, Part II–The Golden Gate Bridge and Employment Separation–Hotlines and Whistleblowers During Layoffs
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Thomas Fox

Today, we celebrate one of the greatest engineering achievements of the century. On this date in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened. At 4200 feet long, it was at the time the world’s longest suspension bridge. But not only was it an engineering... Read More

Re-Scripting The Bourke Case
Posted on 28 Oct 2013 by Mike Koehler

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor Frederic Bourke, “another whistleblower put in prison by the Obama administration.” So begins this recent lengthy depiction of the Bourke case on Democracy Now. Over the... Read More

It Ain’t Easy Being Clean: The Compliance Challenges of FCPA and Dodd-Frank
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by Corporate and Securities Law Community Staff

Misery loves companies . U.S. federal enforcement officials have declared this to be the "new era" of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and most executives are worried about their risk exposure, i.e, their chances of being miserable... Read More

King Arthur Week – The Round Table and Compliance Professionals and Lawyers as Whistleblowers – Part III
Posted on 7 May 2015 by Thomas Fox

Today we use King Arthur’s Round Table as the entry into our topic. The Round Table is the famous table around which he and his Knights congregated. Its shape implies that everyone who sits there has equal status. Wace, who relied on previous depictions... Read More

From Whistleblower to RICO Claimant
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Thomas Fox

The holiday season is past and many of us have returned to work. However, if you are a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) there is a gift that you may wish to give yourself, it is " T he Whistleblower's Handbook - A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing... Read More

SEC Whistleblowing Program: The Agency Means Business
Posted on 20 Apr 2015 by Kevin M. LaCroix

The SEC wants you to know that it means business about its whistleblowing program. On April 1, 2015, in the latest in a series of steps to protect and encourage whistleblowers, the agency entered an order in an enforcement action against KBR saying that... Read More

Hotlines and Cross Border Issues
Posted on 9 Dec 2009 by Mark Schreiber, Socheth Sor & Theo Godfrey

Whether voluntary or required, whistleblower hotlines create data protection dilemmas that need to be addressed in detailed, updated compliance programs. The implementation of a pan-European hotline is riddled with complexity and numerous steps because... Read More

Contract to Share Qui Tam Awards is Enforceable
Posted on 22 Jul 2015 by The Employment Law Group

In Fair Lab. Practices Assocs., et al., v. Riedel, et al. , the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that a contract providing that two parties share potential qui tam awards is enforceable [subscribers can access an enhanced... Read More

Whistleblowing: What Difference Does it Make?
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by Kevin M. LaCroix

In recent years, one of the favored responses of legislative reformers and regulatory enforcement authorities to financial fraud and other corporate misconduct has been the encouragement of whistleblowing activity. Both the Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd... Read More

Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Company Agrees to Pay $56.5 Million to Settle Allegations It Engaged in Deceptive Marketing Practices
Posted on 14 Jan 2015 by The Employment Law Group

Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company, Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC, recently agreed to pay $56.5 million to resolve civil allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA). Shire allegedly made false and misleading statements when marketing several... Read More

Another Accounting Scandal-Related Securities Suit
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Kevin M. LaCroix

Earlier this week I wrote about the accounting scandal that has hit the UK-based grocer, Tesco, and the securities class action lawsuit against the company that followed in its wake. Now another company has reported accounting irregularities – and... Read More

What to Watch Now in the World of D&O
Posted on 7 Sep 2011 by Kevin M. LaCroix

Every fall since I first started writing this blog, I have assembled a list of the current hot topics in the world of directors' and officers' liability. This year's list is set out below. As should be obvious, there is a lot going on right... Read More

Fulbright's Litigation Trends Survey: Companies Expect More Litigation, Regulation
Posted on 16 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Labor & Employment Law Community St

NEW YORK - (Business Wire) Following a year of doing business in a more litigious and cost-conscious environment, companies of all sizes expect those patterns to continue during the coming year, with roughly one-quarter saying legal disputes will increase... Read More