The Irish Paradox: A Tale of Two Whistleblower Laws

What Happened in Ireland On July 15, 2014, Ireland’s Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) came into effect. The PDA established whistleblower protections for both the public and private sectors for the first time in modern Irish legislative history. The Background The Republic of Ireland has less than 5 million people. It is roughly the size of […]

Fourth Circuit Adopts the “Objective Reasonableness” Standard for Protected Activity for Retaliation Claims

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on a Relator’s appeal in United States ex rel. Grant v. United Airlines, Inc. and adopted the objective reasonableness standard for retaliation claims brought under 31 U.S.C. §3730(h). The Fourth Circuit joins the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits in applying this standard to 3730(h) retaliation claims. In […]

Germany Whistleblowing Reform Law

What Happened? In July 2016, Germany amended the German Act on Financial Services Supervision (Finanzdienstleistungsaufsichtsgesetz – “FinDAG”) and created whistleblower protections for employees of all companies subject to the supervision of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – “BaFin”). BaFin, when formed in 2002, was one of the largest financial supervisory agencies in […]

Ontario, Canada Passes An Award Based Whistleblower Program

What Happened? On July 14, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission adopted OSC Policy 15-601 which is a Whistleblower Program that included financial rewards for whistleblowers for the first time in Canadian history. The Background Before the enactment of OSC Policy 15-601 Whistleblower Program, Ontario did not have specific whistleblower laws. Courts had to piece together […]

Alberta, Canada Passes Its Version Of A Whistleblower Program

What Happened? On November 19, 2018, the Alberta Securities Commission, the regulatory agency responsible for administering Alberta’s securities laws, implemented its first whistleblower program through the enactment of ASC Policy 15-602 Whistleblower Program and corresponding amendments to the Alberta Securities Act. The Background Before the enactment of ASC Policy 15-602 Whistleblower Program, Alberta did not […]

The Government Accountability Office Warns That New Laboratory Rates May Lead to $11B in Excess Payments

On November 30, 2018, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a noteworthy report that the implementation of new rates for laboratory testing may lead to billions of dollars in overpayments to labs. The GAO concluded that while CMS’s new clinical lab fee schedule was supposed to save hundreds of millions of dollars, changes […]

Whistleblowing: The British Way

What Happened? In seeking to limit the abuse of whistleblower legislation, the United Kingdom enacted the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act of 2013, which amended the Public Interest Disclosure Act of 1998, and mandated that all disclosures of misconduct be made in the “public interest.” The Background In 1998, the United Kingdom became one of […]

Blowing The Whistle: Italian Style

The Event On November 30, 2017, the Italian Government enacted Law 179: “Provisions for the protection of whistleblowers who report offences or irregularities which have come to their attention in the context of a public or private employment relationship.” This Law established the first set of whistleblower protections in the private sector in all of […]

Abbott Laboratories To Pay $25 Million To Settle Non-Intervened Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging that it Illegally Promoted its Cholesterol Drug TriCor and Paid Kickbacks to Prescribing Physicians

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced on Friday, October 26, 2018, that global healthcare giant Abbott Laboratories (“Abbott”) has executed a settlement agreement and will pay $25 million to settle a non-intervened whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it illegally promoted its blockbuster cholesterol drug Tricor for off-label […]

Whistleblowing: French Style

What Happened? On December 9, 2016, the French Parliament enacted Sapin II: “the law on transparency, the fight against corruption and the modernization of economic life.” This marked the first time in French history that a whistleblower was offered protection in an anti-corruption case. The Background Before the historical enactment of Sapin II, France was […]

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