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Jury awards $1 million in damages in whistleblower retaliation case

January 19, 2018

A federal jury this week awarded $ 1 million to a fired technology manager of a now-defunct telemarketing company, finding he was unlawfully retaliated against by a former boss who published nearly 100,000 words in derogatory articles about him on a website and public blog. Max Zweizig worked from his New Jersey home for West […]


Cybersecurity Whistleblowers – Another Thing to Consider Following a Breach

January 17, 2018

Companies that experience a cyber breach face several immediate and difficult challenges: quickly getting a handle on the scope of the breach, making sure that the intruder is out of their system, remediating any vulnerability, assessing what data was accessed (if any), deciding whether to reach out to law enforcement, determining whether any mandatory notification […]


OK lawmakers introduce legislation to protect whistleblowers

January 12, 2018

House Lawmakers have introduced legislation aimed at providing more protections to whistleblowers. House Bill 2528 would allow state employees who have reported agency wrongdoing the right to file a civil action if they face retaliation form that agency for their actions. The whistleblower would also be entitled to recover costs and attorney fees for a […]


BP settles whistle-blower lawsuit for $102 million

January 11, 2018

BP will shell out $102 million to the state of California more than five years after an employee blew the whistle on the company’s alleged scheme to overcharge the Golden State for natural gas. On Thursday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Burlingame law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy announced the agreement, calling it the largest […]


The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program keeps whistleblowers busy in 2017

January 9, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program continues to be a remarkable tool for combating securities fraud in the United States and strengthening capital markets. As indicated in its 2017 Annual Report to Congress, the SEC awarded almost $50 million in fiscal year 2017 to 12 whistleblowers, who had provided valuable information to the SEC that […]


IRS Paid Over $33.9 Million to Whistleblowers in 2017

January 6, 2018

Washington, D.C., January 5, 2018.  Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Office of the Whistleblower released its Annual Report to Congress on the IRS Whistleblower Program for the fiscal year 2017.  According to the report: In 2017 whistleblowers received over $33.9 million in awards, and over 242 award determinations were issued. Since the inception of the […]


Keep your eyes on these cases in 2018

January 5, 2018

In the coming year, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Michigan appellate courts will do more to shape the future of doing business in our state than just about any other entity — aside from changes to the tax code. What’s in store for the coming year? In the U.S. Supreme Court, the now-complete contingent […]



Whistleblowers Save Taxpayers $3.4 Billion

December 28, 2017

Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it collected $3.7 billion in settlements and judgements from False Claim Act (FCA) cases against the government in 2017. The FCA is a statute that allows individual whistleblowers, called relators in this context, to file lawsuits on behalf of the government. Known as Lincoln’s Law, the FCA was originally passed […]


Kmart pays $35.3M to settle hard-fought whistleblower case alleging inflated prescription drug prices

December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kmart Corp. has agreed to pay $35.3 million to the federal government and a number of states to settle a whistleblower lawsuit jointly litigated by Phillips & Cohen LLP and Korein Tillery that alleged Kmart overcharged government healthcare programs and private insurers for generic prescription drugs.  The “qui tam” (whistleblower) case – filed in 2008 by […]


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