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Corrupt government officials and informants who fear retribution. These are some of the challenges faced by citizens who become involved in helping enforce illegal logging regulations. Three panelists discussed these and other forestry crime issues at March 21 webinar on “Citizen enforcement in the forestry sector”– Melissa Blue Sky, of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL); Ruth Noguerón, of the World Resources Institute and  Shelley Gardner, Illegal Logging Program…
From the markets to the boardroom to the picket line, the reach of Danske Bank’s money laundering fraud scandal continued to play out this week. Reuters delivered several stories. A Wednesday morning story reported  that foreign investors sold Danish shares worth almost $14 billion in 2018, according to a report from Denmark’s central bank. The divestment of bank equities may reflect a loss of confidence in the Danish banking sector in the wake of Danske…
Two UK researchers report that “for both US and UK doping whistleblowers, coming forward with information requires ongoing personal sacrifice – emotional, financial and relational.” From “The Conversation” — a site that offers academic research in plain English. More here on whistleblower protection and athletics from the NWC. by Kelsey Erickson, Leeds Beckett University and Susan Backhouse, Leeds Beckett University   Athletes should not feel like they have to choose between their careers…
Members of the Supreme Court are skeptical of interpreting the statute of limitations in False Claims Acts cases in a way that would “help fraudsters,” according to attorney Stephen M. Kohn, who attended arguments today in a key False Claims Act case. Kohn is author of an amicus brief in the case submitted on behalf of the National Whistleblower Center. A decision in Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States, will determine the statute of limitations…
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Tuesday in Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States, a case that will determine the statute of limitations window for False Claims Act (FCA) cases when the government declines to intervene. At issue:  How should the statute of limitations apply in a qui tam suit in which the United States declines to intervene?  Does the three-year limitations period begin to run from the date of…
John Kostyack Previews Strategy for New Era of Whistleblower Advocacy The National Whistleblower announced today that it is naming John Kostyack, a well-known nonprofit leader, attorney and policy expert, to serve as its Executive Director effectively immediately. Below is Kostyack’s first statement as Executive Director:  What an exciting time to be joining the National Whistleblower Center team.  NWC is one of the world’s most respected nonprofits leading the fight for whistleblowers and against corruption.…
Register here.  From The Environmental Law Institute. Illegal timber trade comprises 15-30% of the global timber trade according to Interpol, valued at USD$51-152 billion every year. Monitoring logging activities and enforcing forestry laws is notoriously difficult. To celebrate this year’s International Day of Forests on March 21, join the Environmental Law Institute, the National Whistleblower Center, and the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement for this co-sponsored seminar, drawing on the experiences of…
They say that sunlight is the best disinfectant. When information about corruption or other wrongdoing comes to light, that transparency results in accountability, both against those who are culpable and for those affected by it. Whistleblowers are the ones with that crucial information. Whistleblowers are people who bravely come forward with information about fraud, corruption, and other criminal behavior. A whistleblower may be anyone from an employee at a company who comes across fraud to…
Three Canadian whistleblowers have been awarded more than $7 million, the first payment of its kind by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). “These individuals voluntarily provided high quality, timely, specific and credible information, which helped advance enforcement actions resulting in monetary payments to the OSC,” according to a statement from the Canadian agency. To protect the identity of the whistleblowers, the agency did not release names or any information on the cases. The OSC whistleblower
Whistleblowers would be permitted to report wrongdoing to outside authorities before reporting to their company or agency’s internal review program, according to a provisional rule approved this week by the European Commission and member countries. Action on the EU whistleblower directive had been stalled over the reporting issue. Several member countries, led by Germany and France, wanted to require employees to report potential crimes and fraud internally before going to regulators and law enforcement. Transparency,…