Whistleblowers Faced with Growing Retaliation

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Reports suggest that corporate whistleblowers are faced with increased retaliation, Corporate Counsel reports. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has began an aggressive lobbying campaign against the False Claims Act, the law that allows whistleblowers to file lawsuits on behalf of the government when they have knowledge of wrongdoing.

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Fired Air Marshal’s Whistleblower Case Weighed by Supreme Court

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On Tuesday, most of the Supreme Court justices appeared to agree with a fired air marshal who blew the whistle on the Transportation Security Administration, The New York Times reports. The Court is weighing whether or not he is protected by federal whistleblower laws.

The air marshal was secretly briefed about a terrorist threat affecting long-distance flights in 2003. He was contacted via text message by the TSA two days later stating that the assignments were canceled in order to save on costs. He complained about this action to his superiors, saying that it posed a threat to the public. When no action was taken, he contacted a reporter for MSNBC. The travel policy was reversed as a result of the news coverage.

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In Trinity Guardrail Case, Whistleblower Awarded $175 Million

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In a lawsuit alleging over Trinity’s allegedly defective ET-Plus guardrail systems, a Texas jury awarded $175 million to a whistleblower who roadtripped across the country in order to document injuries and deaths that occurred in relation to this defect. After deliberating for several hours in the U.S. District Court of in Marshall, Texas, jurors found that Trinity defrauded the government when it changed the design of its guardrail systems without informing regulators.

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SEC Awards Record $30 Million to Whistleblower

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On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it is awarding over $30 million to a foreign whistleblower, the largest award to date. The payout is more than double the highest previous award since the program began in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Whistleblower Claims that CDC Covered Up Link between Vaccines and Autism

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A whistleblower claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) manipulated data to cover up a higher rate of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower caught the attention of Dr. Brian Hooker, who is part of Focus Autism Foundation, an anti-vaccine group.

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Community Health Systems Agrees to Pay $98 million to Settle Whistleblower Claims

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Community Health Systems, Inc., the nation’s largest operator of acute care hospitals, has reached a $98.15 million settlement to resolve seven whistleblower lawsuits alleging that the company submitted false claims to government health care programs. According to the Charlotte Observer, CHS is based in Franklin, Tennessee and is affiliated with 206 hospitals in 29 states.

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