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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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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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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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McDonald’s Franchisee in Texas Settles Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a settlement with R.E.E. Inc., the owner and operator of several McDonald’s franchises in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The settlement arose from a lawsuit alleging the R.E.E.-owned violated anti-discrimination rules under the Immigration and Nationality Act by routinely discriminating against non-American citizens authorized for work while Read More

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Whistleblower Tips Off Authorities on Alleged Kickback Scheme Involving Kidney Dialysis

Aa whistleblower recently submitted a complaint alleging Fresenius and DaVita Kidney Care, along with a charitable organization (American Kidney Fund), conspired in a kickback scheme in which patients were offered incentives to use specific dialysis providers that donated to the charity. The scheme allegedly occurred over the course of years. According to the complaint, a Read More

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Knoxville Police Whistleblower Claims Retaliation Lead to Resignation

A former law enforcement officer with the Knoxville Police Department in Tennessee claims his department retaliated against him after he filed a complaint about vulgar roll call videos and various other examples of inappropriate behavior within the department. He ultimately resigned as a result of the alleged retaliation. The officer. Lt. Travis Brasfield, submitted a Read More

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First FCA Payout Over Cybersecurity Goes to Cisco Whistleblower

Cisco Systems Inc. recently agreed to a significant settlement after a whistleblower filed a lawsuit claiming the company improperly sold video surveillance software that had known weaknesses to federal and state government agencies. The case marks the very first time a False Claims Act resulted in a payout over failure to adhere to proper cybersecurity Read More

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