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5 Tips for Whistleblowers in the Tech Industry

May 13, 2019

If you suspect that your company or team is engaging in some kind of malfeasance—such as mishandling user data, or engaging in financial manipulation—you might have to become a whistleblower. And that’s a big, scary role to take on; even if your assumptions about illegal activity are correct, reporting it to the proper authorities can […]


When Engineers Become Whistleblowers

May 9, 2019

“Fundamental Canon No. 1” of the American Society of Engineers states that “Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” Most engineering societies have this principle in their codes of ethics. This duty frames the decades of struggles by conscientious engineers—whether employees or consultants—who strive to balance professional ethics with occupational survival. Compared to […]


CFTC Announces Approximately 15 Million Whistleblower Award

May 6, 2019

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced a whistleblower award of approximately $1.5 million to be paid to an individual whistleblower.  The CFTC granted the whistleblower’s award application for both a CFTC action and a related action brought by another federal regulator.  In ordering the award, the CFTC recognized the contribution of a whistleblower […]


Whistleblowers say drugmaker Mallinckrodt bribed doctors to increase sales

April 30, 2019

Two whistleblowers at a drugmaker that recently made news for a major price hike alleged the company bribed doctors to increase sales, according to CNN, citing court documents unveiled this week. The whistleblowers accused Questcor Pharmaceuticals, now Mallinckrodt, of using a “multi-tiered strategy” to boost sales of the drug H.P. Acthar Gel, used to treat a rare infant seizure […]


Home Depot Must Defend in Whistleblowers’ Tax Fraud Case

April 25, 2019

The Illinois Appellate Court has breathed new life into a whistleblower suit against Home Depot that alleged the retailer engaged in tax fraud through a scheme that declined to collect sales tax on installations of dishwashers and microwave ovens. A practitioner told Bloomberg Tax the ruling could have implications for other big box retailers such […]


Comprehensive Pain Specialists lawsuit: Who are the 7 whistleblowers?

April 24, 2019

Federal and state prosecutors confirmed this week they plan to file a fraud lawsuit against the owners of Comprehensive Pain Specialists, a Brentwood company that was once one of the largest pain management chains in the nation. Defendants will include the company owners, including Nashville Sen. Steve Dickerson, an anesthesiologist who co-founded CPS in 2005. […]


Jury rules against employer who fired safety whistleblowers

April 19, 2019

A Pennsylvania jury has found that a manufacturing company unlawfully terminated two employees because of their involvement in a safety investigation conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In July 2014, employee Joshua Elbolde was operating a press brake that did not have machine guarding and three of his fingers were crushed and […]


A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments: April 15th

April 15, 2019

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. Recent developments include: Fifth Circuit Affirms SOX Dismissal for Failure of “Reasonable Belief” CFTC Issues a Hefty Whistleblower Award to Single Whistleblower Federal Appellate Court Upholds Nearly $8 million Whistleblower Verdict […]


Advocates Mark 30 Years of the Whistleblower Protection Act, Cite Need for Reform

April 10, 2019

The Project On Government Oversight has advocated for federal whistleblower reforms for almost forty years, fighting to preserve the right of whistleblowers to expose government waste, fraud, and abuse, while also fighting for retaliation protections for those who come forward. For years, we’ve helped to lead the Make It Safe Coalition (MISC), a group of […]


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