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Air district whistle-blowers awarded $4 million in records-destruction case

December 17, 2019

Two former Bay Area Air Quality Management District employees who said they were retaliated against after objecting to the illegal destruction of pollution records will be paid $4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit. Michael Bachmann, a manager in charge of retaining records, and Sarah Steele, who was assigned to Bachmann’s team, complained that the […]


Whistleblowers hold public, private sectors accountable

December 13, 2019

Contrary to some of the reasons that have been given in the last couple of years, whistleblower protection laws are in place for very important reasons. And that holds true at every level of government. First enacted in the late 1980s, whistleblower protection laws were put into place to protect women and men who suspected wrongdoing from […]


SEC Enforcement Action Reinforces Priorities and Challenges in Annual Report

December 10, 2019

Last month, the SEC issued its annual report.  A few days ago, the SEC announced an accounting fraud enforcement action that reinforces several important areas—both areas of focus and challenges—in the report. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement’s 2019 fiscal year report (“Report”) On November 6, 2019, the SEC issued the Report. The […]


Whistleblower lawsuit says defense contractor defrauded the Marines of $1.3 billion for vehicle parts

December 5, 2019

A government contractor allegedly defrauded the Pentagon of $1.3 billion by inflating prices for armored vehicle parts sold to the Marine Corps, according to court documents filed in a whistleblower case. Navistar Defense allegedly forged fraudulent invoices and other documentation so that it could inflate prices for suspension systems on mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAPs, according to […]


Raytheon Whistleblower Obtains $1M in Special Damages in Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Case

December 2, 2019

A Colorado jury awarded former Raytheon engineer Bruce Casias $43,000 in back pay and $1M in compensatory damages in a Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Act (DCWPA) case.  The case highlights the broad scope of protected whistleblowing under the DCWPA and the potential to recover uncapped compensatory damages for emotional distress and reputational harm.  Congratulations to Mr. Casias and his […]


Whistleblower accuses OneCare Vermont, UVM Medical Center of fraud

November 29, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A former employee of OneCare Vermont is accusing the organization of committing fraud, allegedly wasting millions in taxpayer dollars. But both state and federal prosecutors have declined to intervene in the case. Our Calvin Cutler explains the issue. The former employee is blowing the whistle on OneCare Vermont, a group of doctors and […]



How To Survive And Prosper As A Corporate Whistleblower

November 18, 2019

I often am asked by beleaguered corporate whistleblowers for advice on how to survive and prosper as a whistleblower. While the American public overwhelmingly applauds the important work of whistleblowers exposing illegalities, it is generally acknowledged that whistleblowers pay a heavy price. Indeed, last week I was profiled in a CNBC video How Corporate Whistleblowers Make […]


Sutter Health pays $30M in lawsuit

November 15, 2019

Healthcare services provider Sutter Health will pay $30.5 million in a lawsuit filed by a former compliance officer alleging fraud and kickbacks, though Sutter did not admit laibility and points out there was no finding that the company violated anti-kickback laws. Laurie Hanvey, a former compliance officer with Sutter Medical Center, filed a lawsuit in 2014 […]


SEC Awards Over $260,000 to Whistleblowers for Their Help in Spotting Securities Fraud

November 15, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award to three individuals who jointly submitted a tip alerting the agency to a well-concealed fraud targeting retail investors.  The information led to a successful enforcement action.  The whistleblowers, who were themselves harmed investors, will collectively receive a payment of over $260,000 based on current collections. “Because […]


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