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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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SEC settles first stand-alone retaliation enforcement action

SEC settles first stand-alone retaliation enforcement action

Late in September, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower brought its second stand-alone whistleblower retaliation enforcement action against International Game Technology (“IGT”) over allegations that the company fired “an employee with several years of positive performance reviews because [the employee]…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Retaliation, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, workplace retaliation

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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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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