Whistleblower Insider

Whistleblower Insider is written by the Constantine Cannon law firm team of experienced qui tam and whistleblower lawyers. It is updated daily to provide the latest whistleblower and fraud news and developments.
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October 30, 2014

False Claims Act Scores Continue to Pile Up

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

It was only two weeks ago when we reported on three major False Claims Act wins with the government taking home more than $90 million in fines and penalties and the whistleblowers getting a $10 million piece of the pie.  See Big Week for Whistleblowers.  Then there was last week’s $175 million pre-trebled jury verdict against guardrail maker Trinity Industries for lacing our highways with defective and dangerous guardrails.  See Whistleblower Wins Big In Guardrail Case.  Here we are again just a week later with four more False Claims Act hits, with total recoveries crossing the $400 million mark.  This most recent parade of perpetrators includes leading provider of dialysis services DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., US military contractor First RF Corporation, medical device maker Biomet Inc., and North Florida Shipyards.

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October 30, 2014

Humane Society Launches Whistleblower Hotline

By Marlene Koury

Whistleblowers now have a dedicated hotline to anonymously report animal abuse without running afoul of “ag-gag” laws aimed at criminalizing the documentation of cruelty on factory farms.  The Humane Society launched the hotline (1-888-209-7177) for whistleblowers to report cruelty and neglect on factory farms, at livestock auctions and in slaughter houses, offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who have committed acts of cruelty to farm animals.

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October 30, 2014

Third Circuit Rejects Qui Tam Lawsuit On Original Source Requirement

By Jason Enzler

When a False Claims Act lawsuit is brought by a qui tam relator that alleges a fraudulent scheme, and those allegations have already been publicly disclosed, that is often the end of the matter.  Case dismissed.  Under some circumstances, however, the relator can keep his case alive by showing that he is the “original source” of the publicly disclosed information.  To do so, the relator must show he has “direct and independent knowledge of the information on which the allegations are based.”

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October 29, 2014

Whistleblower Spotlight – Climate Change Whistleblower Rick Piltz

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

This week’s “Whistleblower Spotlight” falls on Rick S. Piltz, former climate policy analyst in the George W. Bush Administration.  He is the whistleblower who exposed a White House putting politics before science by distorting scientific findings on global warming.  His release of internal government documents showing a White House behaving badly led to the immediate ousting of President Bush’s environmental policy chief.  It also changed the way the country looked at the threat of global warming.  Piltz died last week and was the subject of many tributes hailing him as a gutsy hero who stood up against a government refusing to come clean on climate change.

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October 29, 2014

Whistleblower News from the Inside

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

New False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit against Wells Fargo – A False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit against Wells Fargo was unsealed this week, alleging Wachovia bank (purchased by Wells Fargo) defrauded the government when the government provided assistance to the bank during the Great Recession.  Charlotte Observer

SEC investigating insider-trading at Medicare agency — The Securities & Exchange Commission is investigating whether employees at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were involved in insider-trading.  Reuters

Former general counsel for Minnesota Hospital Association blows the whistle – The former GC claims he was fired and offered $150,000 in hush money after he began asking why four HMOs were making so much money from the Medicaid program.  Corporate Crime Reporter

Bill to expand New Jersey whistleblower protections faces uphill battle – A proposal to expand whistleblower protections for state employees faces skepticism from an array of critics.  New Jersey Law Journal

Exposing the harassment women face daily — A woman video recorded her walk around New York City one day to expose the common and extensive harassment she and other women face every day.  Washington Post

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October 28, 2014

Whistleblower News from the Inside

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Is Wall Street silencing whistleblowers? —  Several House Democrats who fear Wall Street is using confidentiality agreements to keep people from blowing the whistle on misconduct sent a letter to the SEC urging it to send a “strong message” that such agreements won’t be tolerated and consider “bringing enforcement actions if necessary.”  The Hill

The Nation interviews Edward Snowden — In a wide-ranging conversation, Snowden discusses the surveillance state, the American political system and the price he’s paid for his understanding of patriotism.  The Nation

US sues NYC, Computer Sciences for alleged Medicaid fraud —  The US sued New York City and Computer Sciences Corp. accusing them of defrauding Medicaid into making millions of dollars of improper reimbursements by exploiting a computerized billing system that the company designed.  Reuters

The Humane Society launches whistleblower hotline – The Humane Society launched the hotline in response to Ag-Gag laws and offers whistleblowers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who have committed acts of cruelty to farm animals.  Humane Society

Another Snowden? – The FBI has apparently identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about government surveillance to a journalist closely associated with Snowden.  Yahoo

Former Boeing procurement officer sentenced on fraud charges — Former procurement officer Deon Anderson was sentenced to 20 months in prison in connection with a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts, as well as structuring currency transactions to conceal his receipt of the cash bribes.  FBI

China strengthens whistleblower protections — China’s top prosecuting body said on Tuesday that whistleblowers who expose corruption and other wrongdoing would receive legal protection against reprisals following President Xi Jinping’s commitment to fighting political corruption a central theme of his administration. Reuters

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October 24, 2014

Whistleblower News From The Inside

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Northrop must face whistleblower suit — A judge rejected Northrop Grumman’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by a former employee who accused the defense contractor of defrauding the U.S. government in performing a contract to develop a missile defense system for commercial aircraft.  Reuters

Vanguard lashes out at lawyer-turned-whistleblower – Vanguard Group has responded to a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the company failed to pay $1 billion in taxes with accusations of betrayal, theft and ethics violations the company says should bar the whistleblower, the company’s former tax lawyer, and his lawyers from bringing the complaint. Philly.com

Cloning whistleblower says little has changed in S. Korea — The whistleblower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.  Washington Post

UNC Whistleblower Mary Willingham speaks out – Ms. Willingham said the Wainstein report released this week outlines the breadth and depth of academic fraud at UNC, substantiating what she’s been saying for years, and that the focus now should be on the issues and institutions, not the people involved in the scandal.  WralSportsFan

New Jersey whistleblower law fails — Legislators failed to pass a measure aimed at protecting employees who disclose government abuse in the wake of the George Washington Bridge closure scandal.  Asbury Park Press

MLS suspends referee after arrest for fraud — A Major League Soccer referee who officiated dozens of league games over the past three seasons was suspended on Thursday after he was arrested for claiming more than $14,000 in unemployment benefits while he was employed.  New York Times

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October 24, 2014

DOJ Catch of the Week — DaVita

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

This week’s Department of Justice “catch of the week” goes to DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., one of the leading providers of dialysis services in the United States.  On Wednesday, the Denver-based company agreed to pay $400 million to resolve claims it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks for patient referrals to its dialysis clinics.  It apparently is the largest ever False Claims Act settlement solely covering kickbacks in the healthcare industry.  See DOJ Press Release.

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