Confidentiality agreements blocked by SEC Rule 21F-17

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For whistleblowers and their past or present employers, one of the more important features of the SEC’s new whistleblower program regulations is Rule 21F-17,  copied in part below.  Over the years, targets of whistleblower claims have employed increasingly aggressive and sophisticated tactics — including “gag orders,” TROs, and breach of confidentiality agreement or even trade-secret-theft […]

Graham County Soil & Water: Can whistleblowers sue using state or county audits?

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The federal False Claims Act (FCA) encourages private whistleblowers to sue, usually in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, to recover federal funds allegedly misspent by individuals, companies or local government agencies. Rewards of blowing the whistle can be very substantial — up to 30% of the government’s recovery plus attorneys fees — but […]

MedQuist medical transcription whistleblower case settles for $6.6 million

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced, December 3, that MedQuist, Inc. has settled two False Claims Act suits, responding to allegations of over-billing for transcription services performed between between 1998 and 2004.  False Claims Act cases often cover six years of activity because the False Claims Act statute of limitations generally extends six years from […]