June 12, 2013

News from the Inside

How to deal with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden — Constantine Cannon partner Gordon Schnell is quoted in this article in The Hill on the legal ramifications of this latest intelligence leak and the government’s legal options for dealing with this hero to some, traitor to others.  The Hill

Keeping a watchful eye on our factory farms – Constantine Cannon partner Gordon Schnell is quoted in this article from TakePart on the proliferation of so-called ag-gag legislation which is designed to keep livestock farms and slaughterhouses off-limits to whistleblowers.  TakePart

What happens when the watchdog is told to look the other way?  — Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department, has gone to the press with allegations of Department misconduct involving prostitution, drugs, and sexual assaults after senior officials told her and other investigators to back off or otherwise manipulated their investigations.  CBS

Whistleblower vindicated in reporting boss’ illicit trysts — A federal appeals court in Denver upheld a lower court’s order for Lockheed Martin to pay damages for retaliating against a former employee, Andrea Brown, who blew the whistle on her boss for billing the government for out-of-state liaisons with soldiers.  Denver Post

Government panel calls for easing restrictions on Avandia diabetes drug – Three years after the FDA imposed significant restrictions on GlaxoSmithKline’s once blockbuster Avandia drug because of concerns over heart risk, it looks like the agency soon will be reversing course after an FDA advisory panel concluded the restrictions are no longer necessary.  WSJ

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