Judge Rules D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act Amendment Retroactive

According to the Government Accountability Project’s blog, D.C. Superior Court Judge Leonard Braman held that a recent amendment to the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) exempting whistleblowers from the requirement of notifying the District of a claim within six months of the adverse employment action should apply retroactively.  Therefore, the notice requirement in D.C. Code §12-309 will not bar relief in pending D.C. WPA claims.

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New York AG Settles Qui Tam Lawsuit with School Lunch Provider for $20 Million

The Attorney General of New York has settled its lawsuit against Sodexo, a provider of school lunches, for $20 million.  Two whistleblowers, John and Jay Carciero, filed the qui tam action alleging Sodexo received illegal kickbacks from the vendors it selected for school lunch programs.  Under New York law, whistleblowers are entitled to a reward of up to 20% of the recouped funds.

Iowa Egg Recall Spotlights Senate Food Safety Bill

According to the Wall Street Journal, Senate leaders – motivated by a recent salmonella outbreak and massive egg recall – will likely bring their version of the Food Safety Modernization Act to a vote in the full Senate on September 13.  Click here for a copy of Senate Bill S. 510.  The House has already passed its own version of the Bill, H.R. 875, last year.  Click here for a copy of the House version.  Approximately 1300 cases of salmonella may be linked to eggs produced in Iowa and could lead to a recall of more than half a billion eggs.

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Big Reward Potential Likely to Lure More Whistleblowers to the SEC

According to Time, the new SEC whistleblower reward program established by the Dodd-Frank Act will likely lead to a substantial increase in the reporting of fraud and other wrongdoing by public companies to the SEC.  Under the previous SEC reward program, the SEC granted rewards between 0% and 10% to whistleblowers at the SEC’s discretion.  Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC is now required to grant a reward between 10% and 30% to each whistleblower providing original information leading to a sanction that exceeds $1 million.

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Whistleblower Retaliation Protection for Congressional Staff Languishes in Senate Committee

According to an article in Politico, the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has yet to be reported to the full Senate and continues to languish in the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.  Similar to the Whistleblower Protection Act which protects most federal employees who blow the whistle on illegal activity from retaliation, the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act would extend the same retaliation protection to congressional staff who report illegal activity occurring within Congress. 

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