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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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