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Whistleblower exposes $32M in unaccounted gear at California naval base

May 8, 2018

Federal investigators announced Monday they had sent a letter President Donald Trump and Congress notifying them of “mismanagement” at a unit of a California naval base. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s letter and an accompanying 2017 report by Navy investigators were prompted by complaints from a whistleblower who previously worked at theNaval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme. The Navy ultimately determined […]


Defend Trade Secrets Act Immunization for Whistleblowers: More Effective Than the Average Flu Shot?

May 7, 2018

A unique feature of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)—the federal statute opening federal courthouse doors to civil claims for trade secret misappropriation—is that it gives immunity from civil or criminal liability to whistleblowers under federal or state trade secret laws for disclosing a trade secret in confidence to a government official or an attorney “solely for […]


May 8 is National Report Government Contractor Fraud Day, founded by whistleblower advocate and former Department of Justice Attorney Joel D. Hesch

May 3, 2018

The twin purposes of National Report Government Contractor Fraud are (1) to bring attention to the government’s whistleblower reward program that pays 15% to 30% of the amount collected for turning in a company cheating the federal government, and (2) to teach people how to properly report government contractor fraud to receive a reward. LYNCHBURG, […]


Whistleblowers Benefit from Wider Choice of Appeals, Report Says

April 25, 2018

Allowing federal employees who lose whistleblower retaliation cases at the MSPB a choice of federal courts for their appeals has worked to the employees’ advantage and should be continued, a Senate committee report argues. The report provides the justification for full Senate approval of HR-2229, which already has passed the House and recently cleared the […]


Good News for Pennsylvania Whistleblowers

April 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a big decision for whistleblowers in Bailets v. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 2018 WL 1516785 (Pa. 2018). The Court ruled that noneconomic damages are compensable under Pennsylvania’s whistleblower law. Ralph Bailets was a former Manager of Financial Systems and Reporting with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. During his tenure, he became concerned about the government […]


Results Driven Securities and Exchange Commission Program and Whistleblower Awards

April 16, 2018

Taking a Bite Out of Financial Crime “The SEC has issued nearly $90 million in whistleblower awards in the past month alone,”said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. Just last week, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) award exceeded $2.1 million; paid to a former company insider (a “whistleblower”). In this […]


SEC Pays Out More Than $83 Million in Largest Ever Whistleblower Awards

April 10, 2018

In what should serve as a cautionary tale for public companies, on March 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its largest ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards – totaling more than $83 million in payouts – with two whistleblowers splitting a nearly $50 million reward, and a third individual receiving more than $33 million. See SEC Release […]


SEC gives $2.2M to whistleblower in first award under ‘safe harbor’ rule

April 6, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a whistleblower award of more than $2.2 million, the first paid under the “safe harbor” rule. The former company insider’s actions follow the Exchange Act Rule 21F-4(b)(7), which provides that if a whistleblower submits information to another federal agency and submits the same information to the SEC within 120 […]


Missouri Senate passes bill on government whistleblowers

April 5, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators on Thursday passed legislation aimed at shielding government whistleblowers from retaliation. Senators voted 30-0 in favor of the bill, which would roll back a provision of a new law that Democratic sponsor Sen. Jill Schupp said inadvertently took away protections for state workers who report misconduct or other […]


The State of Whistleblowing

April 4, 2018

We continue to read headlines of whistleblowers receiving large, sometimes, multi-million-dollar awards after successful prosecutions of companies for a variety of criminal and civil offenses.  From these headlines, we may be convinced that whistleblowers continue to grow in influence and achieving real results – the improvement of overall corporate performance.  I hate to burst the […]


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