State Farm V. Rigsby and the Difficulty of Breaking the Court Seal

The whole case comes down to the Defendants in the underlying action, who lost a jury verdict, wanting the entire case thrown out because attorneys for the Plaintiff-Relator apparently violated the Seal of the court. The attorneys (who no longer represent the Plaintiff-Relator’s) sent information to the press.

The Wells Fargo Fiasco and the Complications of Internal Fraud Reporting

By False Claims Act Attorney Tony Munter It is worth repeating a thousand times: Internal reporting is no substitute for external authority of whistleblowers to Act under the False Claims Act and other Whistleblower laws. The many attackers of the False Claims Act want a Relator or really any whistleblower to be required to make […]

Refusing SEC Reward Money: Noble Act or Whistleblower Deterrent?

By Whistleblower Attorney Tony Munter There were two big stories about Security Exchange Comission (SEC) whistleblower rewards in the last couple of weeks. The SEC proudly announced a $22 million award, which pushed the total amount awarded under the SEC whistleblower program to over $100 million. That is a pretty good start for the program. The other […]

Whistleblowing Hot Air: EPA Methane Emissions Monitoring Controversy

By Whistleblower Tony Munter There are many problems with fraud committed against the United States and sometimes they can be well addressed by the False Claims Act. It is worth remembering though that the point of the law, like all efforts to provide the government with what it pays for, goes beyond just the money […]

The True Value of False Claims Act Fines

By False Claims Act Attorney Tony Munter The False Claims Act used to carry a civil fine of $2,000. When you ask? Well this is way back in 1863 under the first version of the law.  (It also included possible imprisonment!) It is pretty difficult to translate 1863 dollars to today’s value, however, there are […]

Congress Defends Whistleblowers While Attacking Whistleblower Protections

By Whistleblower Attorney Tony Munter Congress apparently has the ability to keep two totally opposing ideas afloat simultaneously. Today, the Washington Post reports on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its remarkable willingness to hear testimony about just how badly some whistleblowers are treated by the TSA. Yet today, Congress is also […]