Whistleblower Law Blog

Federal Government Contractors Set For Significant Expansion of Whistleblower Rights in NDAA 2013

December 28, 2012
Federal contractor whistleblower rights are set for a significant expansion after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (“2013 NDAA”) on December 21, 2013, which contains important whistleblower protection provisions.  The bill has now passed both Houses of Congress and is awaiting President...

SOX Whistleblowing Complaints Given Narrow Definition by New York Court

December 28, 2012
Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowers were dealt a setback earlier this month by the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dealt in the case of Nielsen v. AECOM Technology Corp., et al. The decision was significant because the Court applied the standard that has been adopted by the 2nd, 5th and 6th...

Pharmaceutical Whistleblower Allowed to Move Forward With Retaliation Claim

November 8, 2012
A pharmaceutical sales representative formerly employed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Bayer”) has survived a motion for summary judgment filed by Bayer in his False Claims Act (“FCA”) retaliation lawsuit. The sales rep, Mike Townsend, alleged that he was terminated in retaliation for cooperation with law...

Nuclear Whistleblower Files Federal Lawsuit Against Energy Northwest

November 1, 2012
Nuclear whistleblower David Sanders filed a lawsuit on October 24, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, alleging that he was terminated in retaliation for internal complaints he made of ineffective security policies at Energy Northwest (“ENW”), the power supplier headquartered in Richland,...

Corporate Compliance Study Finds Transparency Key to Decreasing Retaliation

October 30, 2012
Compliance officers, human resources personnel, internal auditors, legal counsel, and other senior executives were surveyed by NAVEX Global, a corporate compliance consulting firm, in September 2012. The survey explored the ways in which ethics and compliance programs can cultivate trust and engagement between workers and...

Whistleblower Retaliation Dramatically Reduced by Smart Policies, Survey Finds

September 13, 2012
Whistleblowers are suffering retaliation at the hands of their employers at an unacceptably high rate, according to a recent survey conducted by the Ethics Resource Center (“ERC”).  The ERC report found that over one in five employees surveyed who reported wrongdoing to their supervisors had experienced retaliation as a...

IRS Whistleblower Office Working to Improve Efficiency

August 6, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Whistleblower Office, which we have written about frequently on this blog, announced recently that it has paid out over 90 awards since October 2011, and is currently working to speed up the process of compensating whistleblowers. The IRS’s announcement came after Sen. Charles Grassley, a...

Sarbanes-Oxley Failing to Keep Promise of Holding Executives Accountable

August 1, 2012
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”), passed with much fanfare following the Enron and WorldCom scandals that rocked the financial world, marked a significant step toward reining in reckless and unlawful practices at publicly traded companies. However, ten years after the Act’s passage, it is difficult to view the Act as...

Government Agencies Cautioned by OSC Regarding Employee Monitoring Policies

July 3, 2012
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) issued a memorandum on June 20, 2012, calling for government agency heads and agency general counsels to exercise caution when implementing policies monitoring employee communications.  The memorandum noted that while there were legitimate...

Whistleblower Secures $15.4 Million Settlement with Olympus

June 12, 2012
Last week, Japanese-based camera giant Olympus Corp. announced that it reached a $15.4 million settlement with the company’s former Chief Executive, Michael Woodford, who was terminated after blowing the whistle on the company’s accounting practices last October, according to the Huffington Post. Woodford, a Briton, was the...

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