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Important Tips for Consumer Products Whistleblowers

Are you aware of fraudulent activity within a consumer products company, or an inherent danger of a product the company is trying to conceal? It is important to know your rights under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) so you can safely blow the whistle. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Read More

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Aviation Company Must Pay Whistleblower Nearly $1 Million to Resolve Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently ordered Pegasus Elite Aviation, a private aviation company, to pay an employee back wages and other costs after determining that employee was the victim of whistleblower retaliation. The total money owed to the whistleblower was $958,000, which included $898,000 in back wages, Read More

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One Possible Lasting Effect of #MeToo Movement: A Rise in Whistleblower Reports

Best Lawyers recently had a thoughtful article in its “All Rise” newsletter in which they tied a seeming increase in whistleblower reports (specifically SEC whistleblower reports) to the #MeToo movement that came to the forefront several years ago. Since 2012, when the SEC handed out its first whistleblower award, the agency has handed out more Read More

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SEC Issues Whistleblower Awards Totaling $3 Million

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued three separate whistleblower awards totaling approximately $3 million. According to the commission, each of these awards featured whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the agency with information that led to a successful enforcement action. The first case resulted in a $1.5 million award to a whistleblower who provided Read More

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Whistleblower Earns Approximately $10 Million in Award from CFTC

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently announced an award of approximately $10 million to a whistleblower who provided unique information that prompted the opening of a CFTC investigation. The whistleblower provided this information at the earliest possible stages of the investigation, and further assisted the organization in later stages with supplementary information. Representatives from Read More

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Mallinckrodt Must Pay $234 MIllion to Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuit Brought by Former Employee

The federal government, in conjunction with individual states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, recently settled a False Claims Act lawsuit against Mallinckrodt PLC, a pharmaceuticals company. The lawsuit alleged Mallinckrodt regularly and knowingly underpaid Medicaid rebates for one of its products, Acthar. As a result of the action, the company must pay nearly Read More

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FCA Whistleblowers Received Lowest Total Awards in More than a Decade

The federal whistleblower programs at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have been the subject of quite a bit of praise for their effectiveness, and it’s easy to see why; the agencies’ programs have taken off in a big way over the last several years, and both achieved Read More

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Whistleblowers Claim Retaliation for Exposing Abuses at Federal Prisons

The federal Bureau of Prisons is under fire for a new set of scandals, including allegations staff and a warden routinely sexually abused inmates at a women’s prison. Now, whistleblowers who exposed wrongdoing within the system say they’re being retaliated against for their role in bringing the scandals to light. Whistleblower retaliation at the Bureau Read More

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Be Aware of the Possible Drawbacks of Whistleblowing

There are quite a few potential incentives and advantages associated with becoming a whistleblower, not the least of which is the potential to earn some significant financial compensation. But as you make your decision it is important that you take the time to consider what you’re getting into and the possible drawbacks that could exist Read More

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The Incentives of Becoming a Whistleblower

If you become aware of wrongdoing within your company or organization it can be an understandably difficult or uncomfortable decision to blow the whistle. But if you do decide to become a whistleblower, it may well become very worth your while. In addition to the legal protections whistleblowers have available to them under federal law, Read More

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