SEC Settles Charges Against Anheuser-Busch InBev for Illegally Gagging Employee & FCPA Violations

SEC Settles Charges Against Anheuser-Busch InBev for Illegally Gagging Employee & FCPA Violations

Washington, D.C. September 28, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct. Continue Reading

False Claims Act Whistleblower to Receive $4 million for Reporting Medicare Billing Violations

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Washington, D.C.  September 28, 2016. The Department of Justice announced today that Sylvia Daniel, a former health information coder at Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Michigan, will receive at least $4 million for a False Claims Act (FCA) case she filed on behalf of the United States. Continue Reading

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases Will Get Second Look

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases Will Get Second Look

Washington, D.C. September 28, 2016. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez vowed a “Top-to-Bottom” review of whistleblower complaints filed by Wells Fargo employees over the last six years. Sec. Perez made this promise in response to a request last week by several Senators, including Senator Elisabeth Warren, for the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate whether Wells Fargo violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Continue Reading

SEC Fines Weatherford International $140 Million for Accounting Fraud

Oil Services Company Paying $140 Million Penalty for Accounting Fraud

Washington D.C., Sept. 27, 2016 —The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that oil services company Weatherford International has agreed to pay a $140 million penalty to settle charges that it inflated earnings by using deceptive income tax accounting.  Two of the company’s senior accounting executives at the time have agreed to settle charges that they were behind the scheme. Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE Whistleblowers

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE Whistleblowers

In July 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported the the Department of Energy (DOE) has done little to stop retaliation and intimidation against whistleblowers by its contractors. On Monday, in response to the GAO Report, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation to expand protections for whistleblowers at the DOE.  Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board August 2016

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board

The Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from January to April 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter: Continue Reading

SEC Enforcement Director Speaks on The Impact of the Whistleblower Program

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On September 14, 2016, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney spoke at the Sixteenth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference about the SEC’s whistleblower program. His remarks covered issues from the impact of the whistleblower program on the Agency to the role of whistleblower attorneys as they help their clients navigate the investigative and claims process. Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List July-August 2016

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The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.

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View the updated list below: Continue Reading

$4 Million Whistleblower Award Issue by SEC

SEC Announces Third Largest Payout to Whistleblower

Today the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an award of more than $4 million paid to a whistleblower. The whistleblower voluntarily provided original information to the Commission that led to a successful enforcement action.  Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn Tells the Story of America’s First Whistleblowers at TEDxWilmington

Stephen Kohn Tells the Story of America’s First Whistleblowers at TEDxWilmington

On July 30, 2016, National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, KKC Partner Stephen M. Kohn tells “The Untold Stories of the Whistleblowers of 1777” at TEDxWilmington. Continue Reading

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