Associated Press: Blackwater Whistleblower Lawsuit Heads to Trial
Jury selection begins today for a whistleblower case being brought against defense contractor and "global security" firm Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, for allegedly "cheating the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan."
This is the second whistleblower-related news item to emerge regarding Blackwater over the past couple of weeks. Earlier this month, two other employees filed suit against the company for having "overbilled the government for work protecting State Department employees in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Yahoo News: Murdochleaks, a WikiLeaks-style Site for News Corp. Whistleblowers, Goes Live
While other, WikiLeaks-style sites have popped up over the past year -- which use a similar model to expose widespread corruption by governments and industry -- a new site, MurdochLeaks, purportedly has been created so that employees and others can report on wrongdoing by one specific company. That company is News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media behemoth, which has been rocked by the conduct of its News of the World staff in the now infamous phone hacking scandal -- allegations that have been buttressed by whistleblower disclosures.
Louisville Courier-Journal: Jury Reject Kentucky Social Worker's 'Whistleblower' Claim
A jury has ruled against a former social worker who brought a whistleblower lawsuit against a Kentucky state health office, claiming she had been forced to quit after facing harsh retaliation for reporting wrongdoing by a supervisor.
The New York Times: Lawsuit Says Drugs Were Wasted to Buoy Profit
A doctor and nurse have filed a whistleblower suit against kidney dialysis medicine maker DaVita for allegedly wasting medicine in order to boost revenue collected from Medicare.
Key Quote: The lawsuit says that the company, DaVita, used larger than necessary vials of medicine knowing that Medicare would pay for the unused portion of each vial if it were deemed unavoidable waste.
Bloomberg: Beef Tainted by Radiation to be Recalled in Japan as Contamination Widens
The Japanese government is working to check meat and recall tainted products from the market. Beef from cattle fed with hay tainted by fallout from the Fukushima nuclear plant was shipped to 46 out of Japan's 47 districts. The country's government is also analyzing radiation threats from contaminated seafood.
Dylan Blaylock is the Communications Director for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.