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Entries from March 2011

Federal Court Rules SOX Whistleblower Amendment’s Ban on Predispute Arbitration Agreements Retroactive

March 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet In Pezza v. Investors Capital Corp., Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that Section 922(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act, which bans predispute arbitration agreements regarding the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower protection, is retroactive.  The statutory language is as follows: (e)NONENFORCEABILITY OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS WAIVING […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · Sarbanes-Oxley

IRS Rewards Enron Whistleblower $1.1 Million

March 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet The Washington Post reported that the IRS awarded $1.1 million to the anonymous whistleblower who reported Enron for bilking the government out of over $200 million in tax revenue before its collapse in 2001.  The whistleblower showed the IRS how Wall Street banks, using business arrangements and entities, provided tax shelters for $600 million […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program

Senator Grassley Introduces Bill to Protect Congressional Whistleblowers

March 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced bill S. 586 titled the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011, which would extend whistleblower protections to congressional employees. In a press release, Grassley stated: Whistleblowers in the executive branch have helped me do my job of oversight. It’s simply not fair, nor is it good governance, for Congress […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation

FDA Takes Over #Tylenol Plants – Whistleblowers Key to Safer Drugs

March 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet Last week CNN reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took control of three of Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol plants located at: Las Piedras, Puerto Rico Fort Washington, Pa Lancaster, Pa Additionally, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Justice are pursuing criminal charges against two executives for failing to comply with federally-mandated […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

The Employment Law Group® Prevails in Establishing the Broad Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Protected Conduct

March 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Feldman v. Law Enforcement Associates Corp., Judge W. Earl Britt of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that plaintiffs Paul Feldman and Martin Perry successfully stated a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claim and could proceed to trial; defendants Law Enforcement Associates Corp. (LEA), John Carrington, et al., had failed to […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

DOL ARB Affirms Reinstatement of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower at DOD Contractor

March 10th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Brown v. Lockheed Martin Corp., the Administrative Review Board (ARB) affirmed the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who ordered Andrea Brown reinstated to her previous position at DOD contractor Lockheed Martin, awarded her $75,000 in damages, and requested she submit an application for attorney fees and costs.  Beginning in June 2000, Brown […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

Amendment to D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act Ruled Retroactive

March 10th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Winder v. Erste, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of whistleblower Alfred Winder, holding that the 2009 amendment to the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act should be applied retroactively to pending cases before the courts.  The amendment altered the governing statute of limitations […]

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Tags: D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act