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SEC doles out first award during Trump era; but is whistleblower program in trouble

SEC doles out first award during Trump era; but is whistleblower program in trouble

SEC doles out first award during Trump era; but is whistleblower program in trouble

In late April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its first whistleblower award during the Trump administration, awarding almost $4 million to an individual that the SEC said provided the agency with original information that led to the successful…
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Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award

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9th Cir. widens circuit split over Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections

9th Cir. widens circuit split over Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections

A recent decision from the 9th Circuit has served to widen the circuit split over whether Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections should protect internal whistleblowers.  In early March, a split 9th Circuit panel found in favor of extending Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections to…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Retaliation, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection

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When disclosing a sealed complaint goes right

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed a victory to qui tam plaintiffs everywhere when it handed down its unanimous opinion in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby et al.  At issue in Rigsby was…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Whistleblower

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$20M award adds to historic SEC total

$20M award adds to historic SEC total

Earlier this week, the SEC announced a more than $20 million whistleblower award “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could…
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Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award

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Martha Ellis sues city, mayor, and top brass

Martha Ellis sues city, mayor, and top brass

Martha Ellis, the first female battalion fire chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department (“SLCFD”), recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Salt Lake City, after submitting a notice of claim to the city in June of this year.  Ellis,…
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Payroll Fraud, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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Tenet to pay $513M over kickback charges

Tenet to pay $514M over kickback charges

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced yesterday that “[a] major U.S. hospital chain, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and two of its Atlanta-area subsidiaries will pay over $513 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud…
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False Claims Act, Healthcare Fraud, Medicaid, Medicare, Qui Tam, Whistleblower, whistleblower attorney, Whistleblower award

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OSHA pilots expedited whistleblower program

OSHA Pilots Expedited Whistleblower Program

In an effort to speed up the claims process under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) Whistleblower Protection Program, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has launched a new pilot program, called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” in its…
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OSHA, Retaliation, U.S. Department of Labor, Whistleblower, workplace retaliation

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Small business (in)eligibility at issue in FCA suit

Small Business

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced in early July that it had settled a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit with five Gardena, California info tech companies (En Pointe Gov. Inc., En Pointe Technologies Inc., En Pointe Technologies Sales Inc., Dominguez…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, U.S. Department of Justice, Uncategorized, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award

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National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

The United States Senate recently passed Senate Resolution 522 (“S. Res. 522”), officially designating July 30, 2016, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. National Whistleblower Appreciation Day a Bipartisan Effort The resolution, introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and cosponsored by…
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National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, Whistleblower

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