Summary: Details are emerging from a settled suit against pharmaceutical and health care company Novo Nordisk brought by whistleblowers claiming the company illegally funded medical experiments on injured American soldiers in Iraq. Allegedly, the company focused on soldiers "in a bid to widen the use of NovoSeven," the company's blood-clotting drug.
Key Quote: So Novo promoted NovoSeven to Army doctors through speaker fees, conference fees and research fees that functioned as kickbacks, the suit alleges.
Summary: Employees of oil companies in the North Sea are publicly told to report any misconduct or wrongdoing by management. However, these same employees are confidentially telling journalists that there is an "unwritten code" enacted by management, stating that workers are to keep quiet about accidents, so that profits remain high.
Key Quote: Publicly, workers are told to report anything that goes wrong. But the private attitude of managers was different, according to Jim, who described it as "please go ahead and report anything you see, you are welcome, we will thank you, you will not work for us again. That's how it works."
Summary: The Irish government has approved new workplace protections for whistleblowers to be included in a Criminal Justice Bill this year. The bill is expected to pass soon.
Summary: Amid criticism of botched operations involving Mexican drug gangs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is facing major questions about its methods and leadership. However, the ATF has been officially leaderless for several years (with no one confirmed by the Senate), and Congress has long since limited the agency's powers of enforcement.
Summary: A recent appeals court ruling will allow a whistleblower case against health care company UnitedHealth Group Inc. and subsidiary Americhoice New Jersey to go forward. The suit alleges that “UHG and AmeriChoice provided kickbacks to a New Jersey medical clinic to induce the clinic to switch its patients to the healthcare provider's Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
Summary: Deanna Coleman is a whistleblower who exposed a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme by Minnesota businessman Tom Petters in the fall of 2008. Coleman was involved in the scheme, but because of her assistance to authorities, she was sentenced to only one year in prison. She is set to be released next month.
Summary: The U.S. program that tests produce for pathogens – including the strain of E. coli that has killed dozens in Germany – and led to 19 recalls over the last two years, faces termination with the recent House budget cuts that would defund the program. The Senate is expected to draft its version of the spending bill in upcoming months.Hannah Johnson is the Communications Fellow for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower advocacy organization.