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California Public Utilities Commission Whistleblower Trial Wraps Up

A whistleblower case against the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wrapped up in November 2022. The former, fired CPUC executive director is seeking up to $4.8 million for reporting “fiscal and operational dysfunction.” CPUC is denying the allegations. Case background The six week trial took place in California state court, in which Alice Stebbins, the Read More

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Former Chicken of the Sea Employee Claims She Was Fired in Retaliation for Reporting Misconduct

A former Chicken of the Sea employee has filed a complaint in Georgia federal court, alleging that she was fired from her HR position when she questioned misappropriation of ERISA-governed benefit funds. Case background Leah Thomas, a human resources employee for Chicken of the Sea, says she was fired after she reported possible issues with Read More

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The U.S. CFTC Reaches $710 Million Settlement with 11 Financial Institutions

Late last year, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission reached a $710 million settlement with 11 major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Citibank and Bank of America, for recordkeeping and supervision failures. Similarly, the SEC announced a $1.1 billion settlement with the same institutions, for the same behavior. Case background Read More

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A Quick Guide to Coronavirus Whistleblowing

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a lot of change—and ample opportunities for fraud and misconduct. If you know of coronavirus-related misconduct, consider alerting the government. Not only are there protections in place for whistleblowers, but many programs incentivize tips with monetary awards. Here’s a quick guide to coronavirus whistleblowing. Which statutes and programs apply? Depending Read More

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The City of Shreveport Is Facing a Whistleblower Lawsuit

The city of Shreveport, Louisiana is facing a whistleblower lawsuit. Former City of Shreveport Controller Ben Hebert filed an action against the city for wrongful termination, claiming it happened because he refused to violate state and city laws. Case background Ben Hebert was a City of Shreveport Controller in 2021. He claims that he was Read More

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Whistleblower Nets $20 Million from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a Whistleblower Program, which encourages insiders to provide tips regarding wrongdoing. Qualified whistleblowers may receive anywhere from ten to 30 percent of the sanctions collected from successful enforcement actions as a result of their disclosure. The rest is returned to harmed investors or the U.S. Treasury. Last November, Read More

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Healthcare Kickback Scheme Whistleblower Leads to $45 Million Settlement

The former Vice President of Product Management at Modernizing Medicine, Inc., has led to a $45 million settlement for a healthcare kickback scheme. Amanda Long filed a whistleblower action in 2017, which was amended in May 2021. The company was found to have created a healthcare kickback scheme that violated the False Claims Act. Case Read More

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Findings From the 2022 SEC Whistleblower Program Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just released their Whistleblower Program report for the 2022 fiscal year. The Whistleblower Program incentivizes whistleblowers to report wrongdoing. The findings reveal that the program has been more successful than ever. Here’s an overview of the 2022 findings. Over $6.3 billion in sanctions and $1.3 billion in awards The Read More

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Nurses and Whistleblower Protections

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of nurses and other healthcare professionals in a whole new way. Nurses are on the “front lines” of healthcare, often the first people to notice and report a problem. What happens when you speak up, and your employer retaliates? Fortunately, whistleblower laws exist to protect nurses from retaliation from Read More

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Self-Reporting Companies Can Lower Fines by Incentivizing Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) runs a whistleblower rewards program, which has encouraged over 50,000 tips in the last decade. This has resulted in collecting nearly $5 billion in fines and penalties from public companies. However, companies can reduce their fines by incentivizing whistleblowers to report violations internally. Instead of waiting for the SEC Read More

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  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

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