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Former Bio-Rad Executive Awarded Nearly $11 Million In Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A federal jury in California awarded the former general counsel/executive vice president of Bio-Rad Laboratories nearly $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit he filed against the company. Sanford Wadler sued California-based Bio-Rad, which produces life sciences and clinical diagnostic chemicals, in U.S. District Court for Northern California, claiming the company fired him in June 2013 in retaliation for blowing the whistle on potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in China. Mr. Wadler accused Bio-Rad of terminating his employment just before the company was to present its findings from an internal investigation into bribery in Russia, ... Read More

Watchdog Calls for Investigation Of Congress Members Benefiting From Payday Lending Industry

The watchdog organization Campaign for Accountability (CfA) has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate 11 members of Congress who allegedly accepted financial contributions from the payday lending industry just before, and in some cases right after, taking official actions that benefit the industry but harm the consumer. Payday lenders are notorious for predatory lending practices that take advantage of low-income individuals and families by charging extremely high interest rates on loans, then compounding the debt by rolling fees and higher interest for late payments into new loans, trapping millions of workers in a cycle of debt from which ... Read More

Red light camera fraud scheme implicates dozens of municipalities, officials

An alleged red light camera enforcement bribery scheme exposed by a whistleblower last year that encompassed several municipalities in more than a dozen states keeps growing larger. Aaron Rosenberg, once the top national salesman for Chicago-based Redflex Traffic Systems, alleged in his federal lawsuit that the company doled out hefty bribes and showered government officials with gifts in “dozens of municipalities” in exchange for lucrative contracts. Mr. Rosenberg says he was fired in 2013 in retaliation for providing information about the alleged scandals to federal and local officials investigating Reflex for alleged misconduct. The whistleblower then filed a civil defamation ... Read More

Egg company executives facing charges for food-safety violations, crimes

An Iowa-based multi-million-dollar egg producing company and the father and son who owned it pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal food safety laws after a 2010 Salmonella outbreak traced to their egg products sickened about 2,000 people nationwide and triggered a recall of more than half a billion eggs. Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 79, and Peter DeCoster, 50, face up to one year in jail, fines of $100,000 each, and restitution for victims after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Their company, Quality Egg LLC, which the elder DeCoster started from modest beginnings in Maine, ... Read More

Chinese whistleblower says drugmaker Sanofi bribed doctors to increase sales

A whistleblower has come forward with allegations that French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi SA bribed hundreds of doctors in China in 2007 in a push to raise sales. The French multinational corporation produces a multitude of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including the blockbusters Plavix, Allegra, and Avandia. According to Bloomberg, the whistleblower provided evidence to the 21st Century Business Herald, a newspaper based in the southern Chinese city Guangzhou, hiding behind the pseudonym “Pei Gen,” which translates to “bacon.” The paper said that although the man making the allegations remained anonymous, the nature of the materials he provided led staff to ... Read More

Greek prosecutors charge DePuy officials with bribery, money laundering

Greek prosecutors have filed criminal corruption charges against medical device officials who they say bribed state hospital doctors to promote the company’s products. The charges were waged against officials with DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of consumer health products giant Johnson & Johnson. Court documents allege that five DePuy officials engaged in bribery and money laundering deals between 1998 and 2006, during which DePuy paid eight Greek state hospital doctors more than $21 million. The doctors – most of whom are orthopedic specialists – have already been formally accused in the same case. No specific products were cited, however DePuy and Johnson ... Read More

FMCSA safety inspector imprisoned for accepting trucking companies’ bribes

A Department of Transportation official was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to accepting bribes from the trucking companies he was supposed to be inspecting, a felony under U.S. law. In addition to the prison sentence, James H. Wood, 45, of Delevan, New York, was also ordered to forfeit $41,300 to the federal government. Wood served as a former field office supervisor for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in Buffalo, N.Y. In January 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged him with accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribe money “in exchange for initiating ... Read More

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More