Whistleblower Law Blog

What Motivates a Whistleblower?

November 1, 2019
Whistleblower rewards programs are often touted by government officials as an important tool in encouraging employees to bring unlawful activity that they observe at work to light. Large awards, occasionally reaching the multimillion dollar mark, are thought to act as incentives for individuals to come forward who might...

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Strengthening Protections for Whistleblowers

October 29, 2019
On September 23, 2019, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act (“WPIA”), S. 2529, to extend whistleblower protections to more individuals who report violations of securities and commodities laws.  The bill is...

Spike in CFTC Whistleblower Awards as Enforcement Expands in Four Key Areas

October 18, 2019
The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has recently released four alerts aimed at encouraging whistleblowers to come forward with information about money laundering, insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, or virtual currency fraud.  These public statements and a recent spike in awards under the CFTC...

Recent Legislation Expands Tax Whistleblower Awards and Provides Protection from Retaliation

October 17, 2019
Over the past two years, new legislation has enacted considerable reforms to the IRS’s whistleblower program and introduced protections for employees who report tax violations. The IRS Whistleblower Award Program The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) allows for awards to eligible whistleblowers who provide the IRS with information...

After Digital Realty Trust: Bill Protecting Whistleblowers Heads to the Senate

July 24, 2019
On July 9, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2515, also known as the Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019 (“WPRA”). The WPRA is designed to address a gap in the whistleblower protections afforded under the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”), as...

6 Whistleblower Don'ts Every Employee Should Know

July 6, 2019
If you have blown the whistle on wrongdoing by your employer, there is a wealth of good advice about what you should do if you face retaliation. But it also is important to know what you shouldn’t do during the whistleblower process. Many employees ruin strong retaliation claims – and even expose themselves to legal liability...

Post-Escobar Ruling Further Defines Materiality in False Claims Act

June 4, 2019
In a May 2019 decision in the case of United States v. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., a California court permitted whistleblower Brian Markus’s claims against Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (“Aerojet”) to proceed under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), providing further guidance on the meaning of materiality in cases...

CFTC Grants Whistleblower Award of Over $2M

May 20, 2019
On March 4, 2019, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for the first time awarded a whistleblower over $2 million for providing the Commission with information that led to a successful enforcement action for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), and a related action brought by another federal...

Does the Law Mean What it Says? Supreme Court to Decide Time Limits on False Claims Act Lawsuits

May 14, 2019
UPDATE: The Supreme Court ruled to affirm the judgment of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Whistleblowers will be able to benefit from section (b)(2)'s longer statute of limitations when bringing qui tam claims under the FCA. By the end of June, the Supreme Court is likely going to decide an obscure question that could...

Pharmaceutical Whistleblower Awarded $1.8M for Unlawful Retaliation

April 17, 2019
New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N.J. Stat. § 34:19-1 et seq. (“CEPA”), has resulted in another substantial whistleblower victory. According to Law360, in late February 2019, a New Jersey jury returned a verdict of over $1.8 million in favor of Min Amy Guo, a whistleblower who alleged that Novartis...

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