Ethics / Whistleblower

Yule Time Tips, Part III: Holiday Gifts Under Increasing Scrutiny

During the holidays, many of us like to show our appreciation to clients by sending gifts or entertaining them with …

California Court Finds Lack of Evidence Undermines False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims

The Southern District of California recently issued a favorable ruling for employers under both the False Claims Act and California’s …

SEC Brings First Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Action

On June 16, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) resolved its first whistleblower retaliation enforcement action. The SEC’s …

Preserving Some “Bite”: The Fourth Circuit Approves Summary Judgment for Employer in a SOX Retaliation Case

As we have discussed in earlier posts, the recent trend in court decisions under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) has been …

OSHA and the NLRB Offer Safety Whistleblower Plaintiffs a Second Bite of the Apple by Resurrecting Untimely Whistleblower Claims

In our last Workplace Safety & Health blog post, we discussed proactive steps employers can take should the Occupational Safety …

Employers Defending Against SOX Whistleblower Actions Should Prepare for a Long Ride

Employers defending against Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower retaliation claims should be prepared for a long and potentially onerous litigation process, …

California Expands Protections for Employee Whistleblowers

Attention all employers with employees in California: On October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill …

When Titans Clash: California Whistleblower Protections Trump Law on Review of Internal Hospital Staff Privilege Procedures

Health care employers face myriad challenges in complying with numerous laws—with physician hospital staff privileges and whistleblower issues not least …

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Liability

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3, holding that …

“Entirely Comfortable” With a “Monster”: A Striking Decision From an Unlikely Source About Excessive Fines Under the FCA

As we have discussed before, whistleblower and retaliation decisions—including from the Supreme Court of the United States—have created an increasingly …