Whistleblower Law Blog

Supreme Court Upholds AT&T’s Ban on Customers’ Participation in Class Actions

May 18, 2011
In a major blow to consumer rights and to the power of class-action lawsuits to check corporate fraud, the Supreme Court has voted 5-to-4 in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion to allow AT&T to require its customers to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits against the company. Class-action lawsuits are ones...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission report demonstrates serious need for nuclear industry whistleblowers

April 15, 2011
In light of the catastrophic nuclear incident following Japan’s recent earthquake, a public conversation has renewed itself regarding the safety of nuclear power both at home and abroad.  Between competing voices as to the appropriate role of nuclear power in the U.S. energy industry, common ground can be found in recognizing...

Sobering Senate report identifies serious defense contractor shortcomings in line with those raised by KMB client

October 8, 2010
A Senate report released yesterday entitled "Inquiry into the Role and Oversight of Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan,” has drawn much media attention and public concern to the lack of oversight of private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Strikingly, the report found these contractors, such as ArmorGroup...

OSC confirms whistleblower’s public safety violation claims against FAA

October 4, 2010
Last week, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Federal government’s investigative and prosecutorial agency that is meant to operate as a secure channel for disclosures of whistleblower complains, confirmed the allegations of Robert Spahr, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspector, that the FAA had repeatedly...

Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP hosting wine and cheese fundraiser for Beth Daley Memorial Impact Fund

September 21, 2010
Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP will be hosting a wine and cheese party to celebrate the life of Beth Daley, a passionate advocate for whistleblower rights and responsible democracy, and to raise funds for the Beth Daley Memorial Impact Fund on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:30pm. For ten years, Beth played a vital role at...

New York empowers tax fraud whistleblowers

September 20, 2010
Since 2007, the State of New York has allowed whistleblowers to use the state’s False Claims Act to sue on behalf of the state, in what is known as a qui tam suit, when they identify Medicaid fraud or contractors who have overbilled the state for goods and services. This month, Governor David A. Paterson signed a bill into law...

Body Armor Company Executive Misconduct demonstrates real need for whistleblower oversight

September 17, 2010
One of the chief motivations behind the strengthening of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections in the Dodd-Frank Act was to address the rampant financial misconduct by corporate executives that played a large part in causing and sustaining the current financial crisis. One of the ways the act aims to do this is by increasing...

Dodd-Frank Act enhances whistleblower rewards and protections

August 6, 2010
With the adoption of the Dodd-Frank Act, financial whistleblowers gained additional incentives and protections through an amendment to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Under Dodd-Frank’s Section 922, whistleblowers are now eligible for rewards between 10% and 30% of monetary sanctions exceeding $1,000,000 provided that...

Pages