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timely and relevant news related to whistleblower issues.Our blog has moved to our newly redesigned corporate website, You can expect the same insightful content from prominent attorneys specializing in representing/assisting whistleblowers, just on a new platform! Make sure to bookmark the page or better yet, subscribe to the RSS Feed,, for timely and relevant news related to whistleblower issues. The new … Continue Reading

Senator Sessions Questioned on Whistleblowers

AG Nominee Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017.  During his confirmation hearing President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, was questioned on his position on whistleblowers.  The Justice Department manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law.… Continue Reading

Huge Win for Whistleblowers with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

Washington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling … Continue Reading

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight Hearing

Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules is holding a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact existing whistleblower reward laws. … Continue Reading

New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

New Edition of “Top Ten” Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017Internationally recognized whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn is planning to release a fully updated version of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself in early 2017.  First published in 2011, The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. It sets forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs … Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife TradeOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision … Continue Reading

KKC Partner Is Panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference

Stephen Kohn is panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference.This week KKC Partner Stephen Kohn is participating in an anti-corruption conference in Belgrade, Serbia as a featured panelist.  The conference entitled “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources,” is hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information and runs from today through … Continue Reading

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims Act

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims ActWashington, D.C. October 27, 2016.  Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 amendments to the federal False Claims Act (FCA). Since these amendments were passed, the FCA has proven to be the most effective anti-fraud law in the United States, recovering over $48 billion from those who defrauded the U.S. government.… Continue Reading

Attorney General Lynch: U.S. Committed to Fighting International Fraud and Corruption

Attorney General Lynch: U.S. Committed to Fighting International Fraud and CorruptionCites FCPA & FCA as powerful detection and enforcement tools In remarks delivered to a group of Italian and American leaders and law enforcement officials on Thursday in Rome, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch highlighted the powerful tools the United States is using to fight international fraud and corruption. Lynch also gave assurances to … Continue Reading

New Chief of SEC Whistleblower Office Named

Sec Protects Access to Whistleblower RewardsWashington, D.C. September 29, 2016.  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced yesterday that Jane Norberg will now head its whistleblower office.  The SEC Office of the Whistleblower reviews whistleblower tips, evaluates whistleblower award claims, and makes recommendations on whether claimants should receive an award for their information. Ms. Norberg has served as acting chief … Continue Reading

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 ViolationsWashington, 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

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases Will Get Second Look

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases Will Get Second LookWashington, 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 … Continue Reading

SEC Fines Weatherford International $140 Million for Accounting Fraud

Oil Services Company Paying $140 Million Penalty for Accounting FraudWashington 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 … Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE Whistleblowers

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE WhistleblowersIn 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 … Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards Top $100 Million

SEC Whistleblower Awards Top $100 MillionThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced August 30, 2016 that it has awarded over $100 million to whistleblowers since its inception in 2011.  The SEC’s whistleblower program was established by Congress to incentivize whistleblowers with specific, timely and credible information about federal securities law violations to report to the SEC. … Continue Reading

Senator Johnson Calls for OIG Investigation of Tomah VA Medical Center

On Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the VA Office of Inspector General requesting an independent investigation of  the mental health clinic at the Tomah VAMC. This request was in response to whistleblower allegations of staffing shortages followed by the death of a 29-year-old … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Says Major Insurers Defrauded Government

August 11, 2016. On Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act case against several of the nation’s largest health insurers. The Court ruled that the whistleblower, James Swoben, put forward enough evidence to suggest that insurers like HealthCare Partners, UnitedHealthCare and Aetna … Continue Reading