CNBC: Guess Which State Has a Really Surprising Number of Whistleblowers
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published a report on the first full year of the Dodd-Frank whistleblower law, which created financial incentives and legal protection for whistleblowers who expose fraud, securities law violations, and other corporate misconduct. Curiously, a significant amount of whistleblower tips came from the state of Washington – even topping other states that have larger economies. CNBC's John Carney speculates as to why that might be.
The Hollywood Reporter: HBO Sued Over Alleged Horse Deaths Cover-Up on 'Luck'
A former American Humane Association (AHA) employee has filed a lawsuit against HBO for allegedly covering up animal abuse on the set of the network's horse racing drama, Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman. The lawsuit claims that HBO pressured AHA to keep quiet about violations of animal safety standards. The whistleblower is also suing AHA for allegedly wrongfully terminating her as a form of retaliation for her attempt to report criminal activity.
Bloomberg: Amgen Whistleblower Loses Bid to Challenge Aranesp Deal
A doctor who accused biotechnology company Amgen Inc. of illegally marketing drugs lost his bid for a court hearing to challenge the company's $612 million civil settlement of misbranding claims. Amgen pled guilty last month to marketing its anemia drug Aranesp for uses unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration, even after the agency explicitly ruled them out.
Sarah Damian is New Media Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.