Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis/amp  What we know about Hanford we know mainly from whistle-blowers who worked inside the nuclear facility—and who have been ostracized by their community for threatening the industry in a one-industry town. (“Resistance to understanding a threat grows with proximity,” writes Brown.) One hundred and forty-nine of the tanks in the Hanford farms are made of a single shell of a steel ill-designed to contain highly...
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Former Cardiovascular Systems Inc. Employee Awarded $25 million in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury has awarded more than $25 million to a whistleblower who was fired for reporting what he considered illegal sales tactics and surgeon kickbacks by a Minnesota medical device company. Steven Babyak won his lawsuit against former employer, St. Paul-based Cardiovascular Systems Inc., for both whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination in Los Angeles Superior Court. The jury on Monday awarded $2.7 million for past and future wage loss, and $22.4 million in punitive dama...
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Walgreens Pays $9.86 Million Resolving Whistleblower Claims Of Fraud Against California’s Medi-Cal

Berger & Montague, P.C. announced today the settlement of a False Claims Act case against Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) for $9.86 million to resolve allegations that Walgreens falsely billed California's Medicaid Program, Medi-Cal.  The settlement resolves allegations raised in two whistleblower lawsuits brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Berger & Montague represented former Walgreens pharmacy technician, Debbie G. Rinehart, who was one of the two individ...
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UnitedHealth shares fall after Justice Department joins Medicare whistleblower lawsuit

Shares of U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth dropped Friday following news that the Justice Department has joined a lawsuit filed by a former executive. The lawsuit accuses the company of overcharging Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars. UnitedHealth stock, a component of the Dow Jones industrial average, ended the session about 3.7 percent lower, closing at $157.62 a share. Shares of several other insurers also fell. They include Aetna, Humana,and WellCare, which whistle blower Benjamin P...
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Whistleblower Claims Pilot Flying J Fraud Cheated Federal Government

Pilot Flying J files for Whistleblower protection.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Pilot Flying J diesel rebate fraud scheme cheated not just trucking companies across the U.S. but the federal government, according to the man who says he helped crack the case. John Verble, a former broker at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Knoxville branch office, says he was fired in 2013 for working with the FBI as an informant in the Pilot case and for alerting authorities to other questionable dealings he says he stumbled upon during his work there. The brokerage ...
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OSC Finds Retaliation against BIA Whistleblower

The Office of Special Counsel says it has confirmed a complaint of whistleblower retaliation in a case unusual in that the personnel actions at issue were ordered at a high agency level. While whistleblower reprisal complaints commonly arise from actions taken by the employees’ supervisors, in this case the supervisors not only did not advocate the personnel action but actively opposed it, the OSC said in its announcement. The case involved an employee who along with a coworker disclosed that ...
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Charge against ex-Iowa judge is retaliation, supporters say

Reporting fraud, crime, tax evasion protections.
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Authorities charged a former Iowa judge with insurance fraud days after she appeared in court to challenge her two-year-old firing over the same allegation — timing that her supporters call retaliation. Former Administrative Law Judge Susan Ackerman joined her union, AFSCME Iowa Council 61, in a Polk County courtroom on Dec. 16 as the union sought to overturn an error-riddled arbitration decision that upheld her termination. Four days later, Ackerman was told a warrant had bee...
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JPMorgan Chase Fined $264 Million Violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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JPMorgan Chase improperly hired the "unqualified" children of China's ruling elite to try to win lucrative business from the country's key decision makers, authorities alleged on Thursday. Regulators slapped JPMorgan (JPM) with $264 million in fines and said the bank "corruptly influenced government officials" with its hiring practices in China. The settlement ends a three-year investigation into JPMorgan and marks one of the first major crackdowns on a big U.S. bank for running afoul of t...
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OSHA’s whistleblower complaint against automotive supplier resolved

OSHA's whistleblower complaint against automotive supplier resolved Lear Corp. agrees to makes significant changes at Selma plant MOBILE, Ala. The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its lawsuit against Lear Corp., doing business as Renosol Seating LLC, and three of its managers in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama has been resolved. The company manufactures foam seating for the automotive industry. The department and the company have filed a joint moti...
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SEC Charges Anheuser-Busch InBev With Violating FCPA and Whistleblower Protection Laws

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced 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. An SEC investigation found that the company used third-party sales promoters to make improper payments to government officials in India to increase the sales and production of Anheuser-Busch InBev products in that country.  Despite repeated complain...
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