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SOX and “reasonable beliefs”

Sarbanes-Oxley Act - SOX

In a recent decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, future potential whistleblowers alleging retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) may have found an easier path to proceed with their claims.  The Eighth Circuit’s opinion in Beacom v….
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, workplace retaliation

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Supreme Court aids vets and FCA suit

U.S. Supreme Court

In two recent opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court handed victory to veteran-owned small businesses under the “Rule of Two” process, as well as whistleblowers under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  Both opinions represent a significant victory for veteran-owned small businesses…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Veterans Affairs

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SEC whistleblower awards trending up

SEC whistleblower awards

In May 2016 alone, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) paid approximately $10 million in whistleblower awards.  These frequent and ever-increasing awards should serve as a stern notice to in-house counsel and compliance personnel alike that SEC whistleblower awards may…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

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Qui tam complaint finds new life

Qui Tam Complaint Against Raytheon Finds New Life

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled to revive a decade-old qui tam complaint filed by a former Raytheon Co. engineer who claims Raytheon cheated on a $1 billion government contract from 14 years ago by…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Whistleblower

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Retaliation claim settled by Phoenix VA whistleblower

Brandon Coleman testifies before Congress regarding accountability and retaliation

Embattled Phoenix VA whistleblower Brandon Coleman has settled his retaliation claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which was taken up and investigated by the Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”).  Following the settlement, Coleman returned to work at the VA…
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Veterans Affairs, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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CFTC pays whistleblower $10 million

CFTC Whistleblower Program

Until recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program had only paid out two whistleblower awards, totaling $530,000 ($290,000 and $240,000, respectively), over the entire life of the program.  However, that changed significantly when the CFTC announced…
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CFTC Whistleblower Program, Dodd-Frank Act, IRS, IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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Competing high schools blow whistle on state champion Copper Hills High School’s drill team

Copper Hills High School Drill Team

In a Christensen & Jensen (“C&J”) case, several competing high schools and parents have blown the whistle on the Copper Hills High School’s drill team, alleging that the drill team cheated to win the 5A State Championship in February, 2016. …
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High School Activities Fraud, Whistleblower

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Tax Whistleblower Program in Need of Improvements

Tax Whistleblower Program

Whistleblower awards for those reporting an employer’s underpayments to the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) Tax Whistleblower Program can be quite significant.  In fact, one tax whistleblower received a $104 million award from the IRS in 2012 for disclosing Swiss tax…
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IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, Tax Fraud

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Utah whistleblower suit alleges data errors and research misconduct in CDC autism prevalence reports

CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced today that the autism rate in children in the United States is approximately 1 in 68 (1.5% of eight year olds surveyed in 2012) for those born in 2004, which was…
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Autism Prevalence Reporting Fraud

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