Yesterday FIFA’s ethics committee announced that Chuck Blazer, a cooperating witness in the DOJ’s massive FIFA-related corruption prosecution, has been banned from football for life. In announcing this development, many media outlets have described Blazer as a “FIFA whistleblower.”
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The issue of whether the identities of confidential sources for business intelligence reports should be protected from disclosure in civil litigation was the subject of a High Court decision in London yesterday arising from ongoing proceedings in New York.
The DOJ Tuesday announced the biggest settlement ever involving alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute by skilled nursing facilities in the United States.
Garden State Cardiovascular Specialists P.C., a cardiology practice with several facilities in New Jersey under the name NJ MedCare/NJ Heart, agreed to pay more than $3.6 million to resolve allegations that its facilities falsely billed federal health care programs for tests that were not medically necessary.
A pharmacist from Waukesha, Wisconsin who was fired after she told federal authorities her employer might be dispensing dangerous drugs without a doctor's prescription was awarded $4.3 million Thursday as part of a False Claims Act settlement.
Leslie Caldwell, chief of the DOJ's criminal division, spoke at the Compliance Week Conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. After talking about some defenses that don't work, she described the ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program, and she warned companies to obey all the laws they're subject to.
Here's some of what SEC chair Mary Jo White had to say last week in a speech at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Her talk was called "The SEC as the Whistleblower's Advocate."
On April 26, a new law requiring companies to have compliance programs will come into effect in Ukraine. The law applies to almost all companies participating in public tenders and to state owned enterprises over a certain size. Among other things, it requires companies to appoint a compliance officer with responsibility for implementing the compliance program and reporting to shareholders.
HSBC said in a statement Thursday that French magistrates ordered a formal criminal investigation ("mise en examen") into HSBC’s Swiss Private Bank for alleged tax-related offenses.