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What Should You Know Before Becoming a Whistleblower?

Here are some things you should know before stepping forward as a whistleblower. 1. Whistleblowing can be a challenging and lengthy process Whistleblower cases often take years, and the consequences of blowing the whistle can upend your life and that of your family. Your integrity can be attacked, your reputation can be smeared, your livelihood …

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What Can You Do to Strengthen Your False Claims Act Case?

If you suspect that your employer or some other entity is committing fraud against the government, here are some things you can do to increase your chances of bringing a successful False Claims Act case. 1. Act quickly Quick action serves the important purpose of stopping the fraud and the harm it is causing. In …

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What are the Goals and Rewards of Whistleblower Programs?

The news in recent years has had many stories about “whistleblowers”—what they reported, what caused them to blow the whistle, and what happened as a result. Perhaps you have seen some sort of misconduct on the part of an employer, a corporation, a competitor, or a health provider. And you wonder “Am I a whistleblower?” …

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A Not-So-Dynamic Vision—The Documents Illuminate the Falsity

It is unusual for any plaintiff or relator to achieve a summary judgment ruling in its favor in any type of case. But in U.S. v. Dynamic Visions Inc., DBA Dynamic Visions Home Health Services, et al., — F.3d —, 2020 WL 4914069 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 21, 2020), the D.C. Circuit affirmed such a ruling …

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Reflections on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

With Covid-19, we are in a new time and a new space for celebrating the role of whistleblowers in our communities, our nation and our world. We have often heard that whistleblowers are critical for preventing the waste, fraud and abuse that limit the effectiveness of government agencies and take money out of taxpayer’s pockets …

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FRAUD AND COVID-19 – Calling Out the Best and Worst of Us

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.” — Benjamin Franklin Crises like those we are experiencing now with Covid-19 call out the best of us – we see individuals providing care regardless of risk to self, communities reaching out to …

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Covid-19 Creates Opportunity to Rethink Virus-Monitoring Strategies

The worldwide spread of Covid-19 coronavirus presents an opportunity to rethink the way respiratory viruses are monitored in order to better understand how they spread, epidemiologist and Cochrane researcher Dr. Tom Jefferson writes in a new blog post for the BMJ journal. Dr. Jefferson is an internationally respected epidemiologist who is the Relator in a …

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Can the Government Direct a Whistleblower to Secretly Record Conversations with a Fraudster Represented by an Attorney?

The public-private partnership envisioned by the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) is one of its most successful and powerful aspects, yielding billions of dollars in recoveries. The FCA permits the Government, the whistleblower, and their attorneys to cooperate—and they often do—when investigating and litigating FCA claims. But are there limits to …

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First Circuit Issues Important Decision Clarifying the False Claims Act’s “Original Source” Standard

One of the first and most frequent arguments defendants make in fighting qui tam allegations under the False Claims Act (FCA) is that the case brought by the whistleblower, or “relator,” is not viable because it is based on publicly available information, the relator is not an “original source” of that information, or both. On …

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Clayton Halunen featured on inaugural season of the Whistleblower Revolution podcast

Heidi Weber talks in-depth with Clayton Halunen, founder of Halunen Law, in Season One, Episode Two of her podcast, the Whistleblower Revolution. They cover whistleblower laws, protections available to whistleblowers, steps to take when blowing the whistle, and what goes into bringing a case to trial. This podcast is a welcome reunion for Weber and …

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