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SEC awards $1.6M to whistleblower for case-opening intel

March 23, 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced an award of more than $1.6 million to a whistleblower whose information formed part of the basis for charges brought in a successful enforcement action. According to the SEC’s order, the whistleblower’s insight caused staff in the Division of Enforcement to open an investigation and supported some of the charges […]

Whistleblower wins $250,000 asbestos lawsuit against Oregon Youth Authority

March 12, 2020

A Marion County jury has awarded a former Oregon Youth Authority employee $250,000 in a whistleblower lawsuit. Silverton resident John Neves, 56, supervised a team of six youth offenders who helped remodel cottages and other buildings at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. In his lawsuit, Neves said supervisors knowingly exposed workers and students to asbestos […]

Guardian Elder Care Will Pay $15.4 Million to Resolve Allegations of Medicare Fraud – Whistleblowers Will Receive $2.8 Million

March 9, 2020

Guardian Elder Care Holdings Inc. and a list of related entities, including Guardian LTC Management and Guardian Rehabilitation Services (collectively, Guardian), have agreed to pay $15.4 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit. According to the complaint, Guardian billed government healthcare programs for medically unnecessary services. The company allegedly defrauded both Medicare and the […]

CFPB Director Wants To Pay Whistleblowers

March 6, 2020

Kathy Kraninger, the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has asked Congress for the ability to pay whistleblowers in an attempt to incentivize them to speak out, according to a report by Reuters. The authority would require a change in legislation, but Kraninger argues that it would help the agency spot wrongdoing more […]

SEC hands out largest whistleblower award in nearly a year

February 28, 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced the award of more than $7 million to a whistleblower who provided “extensive and ongoing assistance” during the course of an investigation. The $7 million award is the highest distributed by the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower since bounties of $37 million and $13 million were handed […]

Railway Ordered to Pay $1.74 Million for Whistleblower Retaliation

February 25, 2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently ordered a Railway to pay damages to a whistleblower who suffered retaliation. The whistleblower received over $1.74 million from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) to cover lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages after losing his job for reporting safety concerns.

Recent False Claims Act Settlements Show Critical Role of Whistleblowers In Combating Fraud

February 24, 2020

In recent weeks, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has announced multiple False Claims Act settlements in qui tam whistleblower cases.  The FCA allows a private individual, who has inside knowledge of fraud resulting in a financial loss to the United States Government, to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Government in federal court.  Once the Government […]

Elder care company with Valley operations agrees to pay $15.5M in whistleblower case

February 19, 2020

Guardian Elder Care Holdings Inc., which has associated nursing and rehabilitation operations in the region, agreed to pay about $15.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy was provided to residents to reach revenue goals, authorities report. The action was taken on behalf of the United States by two former […]

San Francisco Whistleblower $5 Million Verdict Upheld By Appeals Court

February 17, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Court of Appeal has upheld a unanimous jury verdict in a retaliation case involving San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. On Thursday, the court upheld the jury’s finding that Herrera illegally retaliated against San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper by firing her after she claims to have […]

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