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2nd Cir. revives JPMorgan whistleblower suit

2nd Cir. revives JPMorgan whistleblower suit

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently revived a whistleblower suit against JPMorgan Chase filed by former wealth management pro Jennifer Sharkey.  Sharkey has alleged JPMorgan fired her after she warned that an Israeli client was committing fraud.  The…
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OSHA, Sarbanes-Oxley, U.S. Department of Labor, workplace retaliation

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IRS ordered to produce docs to whistleblower

IRS ordered to produce docs to whistleblower

In a recent decision from the U.S. Tax Court, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) was ordered to produce Information Document Requests to a tax whistleblower, despite an objection from the IRS that the documents sought were not relevant in the…
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IRS, IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, Whistleblower award, whistleblower evidence

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Monsanto whistleblower gets $22M award

Monsanto whistleblower gets $22M award

At the end of last month, the SEC announced “the award of more than $22 million to a whistleblower whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped” the SEC bring to an end a “well-hidden” fraud at Monsanto where the whistleblower…
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Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection

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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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Pretaliation severance agreements a no-no

SEC Settles Two Pretaliation Severance Agreement Cases

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has recently reiterated its stance against problematic pretaliation severance agreements that attempt to require outgoing employees to waive their rights to recover a whistleblower bounty or to bring a qui tam action against his…
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Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

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Off-label marketing leads to $18M settlement

Off-Label Marketing

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced a settlement with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Acclarent Inc. over allegations of off-label marketing.  The DOJ’s suit alleged that Acclarent caused false claims to be submitted to the government in conjunction with the…
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Healthcare Fraud, medical fraud, Medicare, Qui Tam, Whistleblower award

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Collected proceeds read broadly by Tax Court

IRS Whistleblower Office - Collected Proceeds

A recent decision from the U.S. Tax Court could signal a significant sea change in the amount of information that is reported to the IRS by potential tax whistleblowers.  Last week, the U.S. Tax Court awarded $17.8 million to two…
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IRS, IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, Whistleblower award

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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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FCA penalties set to double

FCA Penalties

In early May 2016, the Railroad Retirement Board (“RRB”) published an interim rule, which imposed significant increases to the per claim penalties the RRB imposes under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (“PFCRA”).  The…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, U.S. Department of Justice

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