Posts Tagged 'whistleblower'

New Civil Suits Filed Against 3M for Earplug Fraud

civil suits filed against 3m over faulty earplugsTwo United States Army veterans have filed civil suits against 3M for injuries they’ve sustained as a result of the corporation’s design and manufacturing of faulty earplugs and then knowingly selling them to the US government.

Earlier this year, 3M settled with the government after a whistleblower contacted officials and informed them that not only was it buying faulty earplugs to protect the hearing of its ...

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Exxon Denied Climate Change Despite Early Knowledge, E-Mail Says

whistleblower claims exxon hid climate change evidenceA newly publicized e-mail from a former Exxon scientist reveals that the world’s biggest oil company knew about climate change as early as 1981, yet continued to promote anti–climate change research until 2009. According to the Guardian, Exxon not only was informed of the risks of carbon emissions, but lent the science enough credence as to factor it into its decision on whether to drill the Natuna field, ...

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Congress to Look Into Veterans Affairs Whistleblower Reports

congress to look into prescription abuses at Veterans AffairsA Congressional field hearing is scheduled to take place on March 30 to look into whistleblower claims of prescription drug abuse at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Tomah, WI. The whistleblower report, which was at first hidden by the VA Inspector General, reveals a high rate of prescriptions for high-dose opiates like morphine. Several deaths are also under investigation at the medical center.

A clinical review found ...

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Daiichi Sankyo to Pay $39 Million to Settle Kickback Claims After Whistleblower Lawsuit

Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, a global pharmaceutical company, is being forced to pay $39 million to the United States government and state Medicaid programs to settle claims that the company paid doctors kickbacks to prescribe its drugs. Reuters reported that the fine was negotiated with the Department of Justice based on a whistleblower case by a former sales representative.

The lawsuit alleged that Daiichi paid doctors kickbacks from 2004 to 2011 to endorse the company’s various pharmaceutical ...

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U.S. District Court Dismisses F.D.A. Whistleblower Suit

A recent decision by a U.S. District Court Judge dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit filed by six current and former scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The employees had complained about the safety of various medical devices that came through the FDA. After doing so, they found that their private communications were being secretly monitored by FDA officials. The Washington Post reports that although the claim and its ramifications “troubled” the Judge, the case ...

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Hedge Fund and Owner to Pay $2.2 Million in Whistleblower Case

A hedge fund, Paradigm Capital Management, and its owner will pay $2.2 million to settle federal charges that the firm set up trades with a conflict of interest, and subsequently fired a high-ranking employee who reported the investment fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement. This is the first case in which the agency protected a whistleblower under the new anti-retaliation law adopted in 2010.

The whistleblower reported to the SEC that the owner of ...

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