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Don't Shoot the Whistleblower Messenger

The President's disturbing and aggressive counterattack against the White House Whistleblower reporting the President's potential wrongdoing crosses acceptable norms and guts the underlying core of whistleblower laws by discouraging citizens from coming forward for fear of governmental retaliation. Intimidation and retaliation against a conscientious citizen is not acceptable behavior and may amount to a federal criminal offense.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Qui Tam Relators in Non-Intervened Civil False Claims Act Cases Have Up to 10 Years from Date of Alleged Violation to File Suit

The U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous decision ruled in Cochise Consultancy, Inc. et. al. v. United States ex rel. Hunt that qui tam relators in which the federal government has declined to intervene in civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases may rely on the statute of limitations set forth in 31 U.S.C. ยง 3731(b)(2) to bring a suit up to 10 years after the alleged violation.

New bill would penalize retaliation against whistleblowers

Security clearances are crucial for protecting sensitive information. However, the secrecy and cachet of these clearances can also contribute to coverups or exacerbate certain violations. When someone with a job that requires security clearance reports wrongdoing, employers on occasion have retaliated by revoking the whistleblower's clearance. However, a new bill introduced in Congress seeks to prevent and penalize this retaliation.

Whistleblowing programs hand down record awards

For the last year, turmoil in both the political and professional world has led to fears in many consumers and investors over how effectively regulatory agencies might enforce laws. Fortunately, when it comes to agencies enforcing whistleblower protections and compensation, enforcement appears stronger than ever.

Are you ready to blow the whistle on corruption at work?

Becoming a whistleblower in a qui tam case against a current or former employer is not something to be taken lightly. Whistleblowers sometimes can ultimately reap hefty rewards, but the fall-out from these cases can be extreme and life-changing. Below are some negative repercussions you could experience if you blow the whistle on your employer:

Could you be the next whistleblower?

In the last several years, there have been a shocking number of high-profile whistleblowing cases illustrating in harsh terms just how often those working in both the public and private sectors are faced with the difficult prospect of turning in a co-worker or employer for unlawful activities. While it would be nice to think that the ones writing your paychecks and facilitating your career are trustworthy and law-abiding, this is far too often not the case. If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, there are some things you need to know.

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