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Congress Seeks to Protect Whistleblower Who Alerted Government of President Trump’s Ukraine Phone Call

While the House of Representatives gears up for impeachment inquiries of President Donald Trump, congress’s intelligence committees are also preparing for hearings with the whistleblower who provided the information about the president’s dealings with Ukraine that got those inquiries started. A big focus Congress will have in the next several weeks is what steps it Read More

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Concerns Still Exist About Whistleblower Protections at the VA

Just months after multiple whistleblowers testified to say they still face harassment and retaliation in their work at the VA, some leaders in congress say not enough has changed with regard to the protection of those whistleblowers. Representatives from the VA say the concerns from congressional leaders are unfounded, and that it has received positive Read More

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OSHA to Begin Handling TFA Whistleblower Complaints

On September 11, the United States Department of Labor announced any whistleblower complaints submitted under the Taxpayer First Act (TFA) would now be handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The TFA was implemented along with a large-scale IRS reform bill passed in July 2018. Among other things, the Act created the opportunity Read More

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OSHA Provides Five-Point Guidelines to Prevent Whistleblower Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a set of recommendations to help companies prevent whistleblower retaliation from occurring in their workplaces. The agency suggests training all employees about their right to report any such issues that arise to OSHA or another appropriate agency. It also encourages employers to implement programs that allow employees Read More

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Whistleblower Claims Disney Has Been Significantly Inflating its Revenue

According to a report from MarketWatch, a Walt Disney Company accountant has claimed the company overstated its revenue for years. That accountant ultimately filed a whistleblower report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Case background The whistleblower in question was Sandra Kuba, who worked with the company for 18 years in its revenue-operations department. She Read More

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Former Spectrum Sales Executive Claims to Have Been Fired After Reporting Fraud

A former sales executive for Spectrum in San Antonio claims she was fired from the company in retaliation for reporting allegations of securities frauds to her bosses. She has since filed a federal lawsuit against Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications Inc., and seeks punitive damages, lost wages and a return to her job. Case background Read More

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What Have Been the Largest SEC Whistleblower Awards?

The SEC’s whistleblower award program has come a long way since it was first implemented in 2011. The pace at which awards have been given has increased quite a bit since then. Whistleblowers are eligible to receive an award when providing the agency with credible, timely and unique information that leads to a successful enforcement Read More

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SEC Awards Whistleblower $1.8 Million for Role in Exposing Misconduct

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued yet another whistleblower award in late August, granting more than $1.8 million to a whistleblower who it said provided crucial and actionable information that led to a successful enforcement action involving misconduct overseas. As is the custom with SEC whistleblower awards, no information was provided about the whistleblower, Read More

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SEC Issues Charges to Several Defendants for Unregistered Securities Sales

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Crystal World Holdings, Inc., The New Sports Economy Institute and Christopher Paul Rabalais for misleading its investors in an unregistered offer and sale of Crystal World Holdings securities to domestic and international investors. Case background According to the SEC complaint, Rabalais and his two companies listed as Read More

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Texas Medicare Fraud Scheme Results in $339 Million Judgment

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently entered a judgment in a Medicare fraud case against four defendants valued at a total of $339,402,631. The judgment stems from a whistleblower claim filed in 2013 by Grant Bachman, who filed his initial lawsuit against multiple home health care Read More

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