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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Changes for Whistleblowers Under the Dodd-Frank Act, Including for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Violations

Posted in False Claims, Securities Fraud

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 brings a new round of sweeping reform to our nation’s financial system. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, a whistleblower who provides “original information” to the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) or the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is eligible to receive a portion of… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar

Posted in False Claims

The False Claims Act’s “public disclosure bar” can sometimes prevent a whistleblower from pursuing a lawsuit based on information that has been disclosed in particular settings, such as government hearings, government reports, and news reports. In light of this provision, a company facing a potential whistleblower action may consider self-reporting potentially unlawful activity to government authorities… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Lawsuit Costs GlaxoSmithKline $750 Million

Posted in False Claims, Pharmaceutical Fraud

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released its False Claims Act statistics for fiscal year 2010. According to this press release, the DOJ recovered $3 billion this year in False Claims Act recoveries, 83 percent, or $2.5 billion, of which involved health care fraud. The Obama Administration has made no secret of its focus on health care… Continue Reading