Whistleblower Law Blog

GAO Recommends Adding Whistleblower Protection to Federal Antitrust Laws

July 28, 2011
On July 25, 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending the addition of whistleblower protections to the Antitrust Criminal Penalties Enforcement and Reform Act (ACPERA). ACPERA, enacted in 2004, was designed to increase reports of criminal cartels by providing leniency to guilty parties who...

Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board Rules Against Fannie Mae and Issues Another Pro-Whistleblower Decision Concluding that Reports of Misconduct Already Known to Employer are Still Protected from Retaliation.

July 15, 2011
Yesterday this blog reported on the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board’s broad interpretations of protected activity under the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a case brought against FedEx Corp. On June 28, 2011, the ARB issued yet another important ruling broadening protections...

In Funke v. Federal Express Corp., DOL Administrative Review Board interprets SOX whistleblower protection provisions broadly.

July 14, 2011
On July 8, 2011 the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued yet another important decision broadly construing the legal protections afforded to whistleblowers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”). In Funke v. FedEx Corp., ARB Case No. 09-004 (July 8, 2011), the ARB once again expanding the scope of...

Helicopter Safety Supervisor Files Whistleblower Charge Against Sikorsky Global Helicopters

July 6, 2011
On June 28, 2011, David Simmons, a former Quality Assurance Supervisor for Sikorsky Global Helicopters (“SGH”), filed a whistleblower-retaliation charge against SGH, alleging that the company terminated him for complaining about extensive flight-safety issues and noncompliance with Federal Aviation Regulations at SGH’s Keystone...

$230M in overseas funds tainted by domestic Ponzi scheme tests SEC’s reach

July 1, 2011
A $230 million Securities and Exchange Commission fraud case is testing the agency’s reach.  In January the SEC charged Francisco Illarramendi with running a Ponzi scheme through his unregistered investment advisory firm Michael Kenwood Capital Management.  Later this year Highview Point Partners LLC was added as a...

TVA Reopens Antiquated Bellefonte 1 Reactor Amid Widespread Concern in the United States and Abroad About the Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power

June 24, 2011
Advocates for nuclear safety and nuclear power plant workers have urged caution and oversight after the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently announced that it will begin reconstructing the Bellefonte 1 nuclear reactor in Alabama which was abandoned in 1988. The opening is part of TVA’s initiative to have fifty percent of...

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...

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...

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...

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