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Whistleblower Compliance Officer Receives $1.4 Million Award from SEC

On April 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million given to a compliance officer who alerted authorities to wrongdoing within a large company. Because of confidentiality laws, the SEC was not able to reveal the name of either the whistleblower or the business. However, Read More

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Department of Justice Takes Active Role in Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Chain

For the past six years, the Ohio-based nursing home chain HCR ManorCare has been embroiled in a whistleblower lawsuit featuring allegations that the company systematically overbilled Medicare and often put its residents through overly rigorous rehabilitation schedules in efforts to increase revenue. Now the U.S. Department of Justice is stepping in, which means an end Read More

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Rutgers Pays Nearly $2 Million to Settle Whistleblower Claims Against UMDNJ

Rutgers University recently merged with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, but as a result it also inherited a pair of ongoing whistleblower claims against that school. Those cases were recently settled for a combined award of nearly $2 million. In one of the lawsuits, the former chief financial officer of UMDNJ’s Read More

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Whistleblower Claims San Antonio VA Still Guilty of Altering Wait Time Information

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been a fixture in national news for the controversies surrounding the extremely long wait times veterans have experienced for benefits and treatment, and the efforts VA officials took to cover up those issues. Although the federal government has put numerous programs in place since Read More

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New Jersey Transit Pays $700,000 in Whistleblower Suit Settlement

New Jersey Transit paid nearly $700,000 to settle a federal whistleblower complaint filed by one of its conductors. The conductor claimed he was the victim of retaliation from the agency after he saw a worker electrocuted and decided to take the next day off work. The worker suffered fatal burns in the accident, which reportedly Read More

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EPA Criticized for Persecution of 9/11 Dust Whistleblower

A judge from the U.S. Department of Labor rebuked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its concealment of evidence in a case from several years ago against a senior chemist who was wrongfully terminated. The chemist, Cate Jenkins, had worked as an environmental scientist with the agency for 31 years before she lost her job Read More

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Proposed Legislation Could Punish Those Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been the subject of controversy for much of the past year after a variety of whistleblowers exposed a nationwide problem of extremely long wait times for veterans needing treatment and benefits. Unfortunately, many of those VA whistleblowers suffered retaliation by management after exposing the problems within the agency. Read More

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SEC Announces $600,000 Award to Whistleblower in First-Ever Retaliation Payout

Since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower award program was launched more than three years ago, the agency has handed out payments of more than $50 million to 17 different whistleblowers. For the most part, these payments have been provided in cases involving fraud. On Tuesday, April 28, the SEC announced that for the Read More

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New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Fined for Whistleblower Harassment

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has had plenty of public troubles lately, the most recent of which has resulted in a fine of more than $50,000 after the agency was found guilty of harassing a whistleblower. The fine has its roots in an incident from August 2012. At that time, inspectors from the state Read More

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Whistleblower Files Lawsuit Against JC Penney

A former part-time employee of department store JC Penney filed a retaliation claim, saying they were fired after alerting authorities that the retailer was overcharging its customers. This is just the most recent bad news for JC Penney, whose stock fell sharply after it announced its 2014 profit numbers and several key officers left the Read More

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