Whistleblower Law

False Claims Act: The New (Old) Tool in Pursuing Cybersecurity Fraud

As the world becomes more dependent on technology, there have been more and more cybersecurity attacks that leverage vulnerabilities in technology products. Cyberattacks are becoming more prevalent and have established themselves as key threats across different industries, affecting both public and private sectors. State and non-state actors across the globe will all likely engage in more dangerous cyberattacks in the…

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“The Wild West”: The Need for Cryptocurrency Regulation

As Bitcoin adoption increases – and other cryptocurrencies emerge – the need for industry regulation is becoming increasingly clear. In particular, the growth of stablecoin epitomizes the growing appeal of digital currencies. Stablecoins, issued by stablecoin issuers, are a type of cryptocurrency that is typically pegged to a government-backed currency, such as the U.S. dollar.[1] As a result, unlike Bitcoin –…

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Labor Law Amendment Grows and Extends Whistleblower Protections for New York Workers

Great news for workers in the State of New York: Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed into law an amendment to the New York Labor Law that dramatically expands safeguards against and remedies for employers’ whistleblower retaliation. Historically, New York has “not recognize[d] the tort of wrongful discharge,”[1] including “for firings that violate public policy such as . . . discharge for…

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Customs Fraud: Recent Developments Present Opportunities for Whistleblowers

Customs fraud continues to be a focus of False Claims Act enforcement. Customs fraud comes in a variety of forms, a few of which we’ve looked at in the past on this blog, including the undervaluing of merchandise, the incorrect classification of merchandise to invoke a lower duty rate, or the failure to mark goods with their country of origin. Companies sometimes…

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Following in DC’s Footsteps, Maryland Enacts Tax Whistleblower Law

Maryland recently took an important step in the fight against tax dodgers, as it enacted a bill that creates a tax whistleblower program similar to the successful programs administered by the Internal Revenue Service and the District of Columbia. The policy created by Maryland House Bill 804, which was enacted on June 1, 2021, and scheduled to take effect later…

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Whistleblowers Who Expose Money Laundering Schemes Are Set to Become Eligible for Sizeable Rewards

On January 1, 2021, Congress overrode then-President Trump’s veto to pass the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AMLA”), an important new law that is designed to combat money laundering.[1] Among the provisions of the AMLA, the ban on shell companies—which, when finalized, will require most U.S. companies to report their so-called “true beneficial owner”—has received widespread media attention.[2] A part of the…

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Qui Tam Cases – What You Should Know

If you’re considering becoming a whistleblower, there are five important facts that you should know about qui tam cases before pursuing litigation. 1. The first one to file is the relator. For example, your department is aware of the company’s actions in defrauding the government. Over and over again, you’ve heard your colleagues complaining about your company’s actions and how someone should…

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