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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

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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SOX and “reasonable beliefs”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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