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Idaho County Official Awarded $1.74 Million in Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

An Idaho jury has awarded a former Ada County, Idaho, official $1.74 million, concluding a four-year legal battle that began with a whistleblower complaint. According to the Idaho Statesman, Rich Wright, formerly a television journalist and Boise Police Department spokesman, became Ada County’s spokesman in 2006. He was promoted to lead the Department of Administration in 2008, but was fired in January 2015, one day after two newly elected county commissioners were sworn in. Mr. Wright filed a lawsuit against the county for $1.5 million, alleging he was fired in retaliation for ordering an investigation of harassment complaints from a ... Read More

Whistleblower Set to Receive $4.3 Million From Chicago State University

After years of fending off a whistleblower lawsuit, Chicago State University is set to pay $4.3 million to a former administrator who successfully sued the school in 2010, alleging he was wrongfully fired for exposing questionable contracts. James Crowley’s whistleblower-retaliation lawsuit was the first to be tried under Illinois’ new state ethics act. His complaint alleged that Chicago State University fired him after he refused to withhold documents about former university president Wayne Watson’s employment that a faculty member had sought under the Illinois Open Records Law and for reporting dubious contracts to the state attorney general’s office. Jurors awarded Mr. Crowley ... Read More

Court’s Ruling in Digital Realty Retaliation Complaint Allows Broader Whistleblower Protections  

A former sales representative for a San Francisco datacenter acquisition company who claims to have been fired for reporting financial wrongdoing internally may still sue the company as a whistleblower even though he did not contact the federal government, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled February 9. The ruling provides further clarity on what whistleblower activity is protected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Dodd-Frank law. The question of whether a whistleblower who is fired for reporting financial improprieties to his employer but not federal regulators is one that has divided federal courts in the ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Suits Claim SunEdison Falsified Financial Standing

Solar power company SunEdison Inc. faces whistleblower lawsuits filed by two former executives who claim they were fired in retaliation for voicing their concerns about the company’s precarious financial state. According to the Wall Street Journal, Carlos Domenech, formerly a senior executive at TerraForm Power, a SunEdison subsidiary, and Pancho Perez, a former senior exec at TerraForm Global Inc., seek an unspecified amount of back pay and damages for being fired, they claim, in retaliation for sounding an alarm about misrepresentations the company was making about its financial health. Both plaintiffs also name a number of top officials as defendants ... Read More

Senators Urge Department of Energy to Reinstate Whistleblower Protection Rule

A group of U.S. Senators formally called on Rick Perry, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Secretary, to immediately reinstate rules allowing the agency to hold its contractors accountable for retaliation against whistleblowers who report nuclear safety violations. In a March 6 letter, U.S. Senators Roy Wyden (D-OR), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Edward Markey (D-MA), noted that the DOE has a “long history of failing to protect whistleblowers” who call out violations of rules and regulations governing nuclear safety. Their concerns about whistleblower retaliation within the agency were underscored by a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that documented the ... Read More

North Brunswick, NJ, Pays Employee $250,000 To Settle Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The township of North Brunswick, New Jersey, will pay $250,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a municipal employee who claimed he was harassed and demoted in retaliation for complaining to supervisors about various abuses among city staff. Mark LaMonica sued North Brunswick Township three years ago, alleging his supervisors demoted him from public works supervisor to a position in the Buildings and Grounds Department in retaliation for reporting an employee with ties to Francis Womack, the township’s mayor. According to NJ.com, Mr. LaMonica called for the suspension of the employee, who allegedly put Armor All on the pedals ... Read More

West Virginia Lawmaking Efforts Seek to Improve Whistleblower Protections, Government Ethics

Two new bills designed to strengthen government ethics and boost whistleblower protections have glided through the West Virginia House of Delegates. House Judiciary Chairman John Shott introduced H.B. 2006 to toughen penalties on individuals who retaliate against state workers for providing regulators and other authorities with information concerning fraud or waste targeting government agencies. West Virginia’s state whistleblower law prohibits retaliation against those who expose fraud and waste, but the fines for violating the law are flimsy. H.B. 2006 would boost the penalty for violating whistleblower protections from $500 to $5,000. The bill would also authorize state agencies to fire ... Read More

Judge Rules Whistleblowers Can Provide SEC with Confidential Documents To Substantiate Fraud Claims

A San Diego federal judge’s Feb. 14 ruling in a whistleblower dispute involving Bank of Internet (BofI) and a former employee who provided classified information to federal regulators about potential securities violations enhances protections for certain whistleblowers who report fraud. According to Courthouse News Service, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant denied most of BofI’s motions for a summary judgement of whistleblower protections from Charles Matthew Erhart, who was formerly employed as BofI’s internal auditor. Mr. Erhart started working for San Diego-based BofI in September 2013. He reported the bank to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) upon discovering it worked ... Read More

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

Judge Adds $1 Million to Whistleblower Award After Chicago State University Delays Payment

Chicago State University was ordered Tuesday to pay $4.3 million to a former school official who was terminated for accusing the university’s former president of misconduct. The whistleblower award is $1 million higher than it was in 2014 when a Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court jury originally ordered to university to pay former Chicago State University attorney James Crowley more than $3 million. Mr. Crowley sued his employer under a new state ethics act, alleging the university fired him after he refused to withhold documents about former university president Wayne Watson’s employment that a faculty member had sought under the ... Read More