Whistleblower Watch

Whistleblower Watch

Reports and Analysis of Developments in Whistleblower Law

Stephen M. Byers

Stephen M. Byers

Stephen M. Byers is a partner in the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group, and E-Discovery & Information Management Group. Mr. Byers’ practice involves counseling and representation of corporate and individual clients in all phases of white collar criminal and related civil matters, including: internal corporate investigations; federal grand jury, inspector general and congressional investigations; and trials and appeals.

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Supreme Court to Hear FCA Seal Violation Issue

Posted in False Claims Act (FCA)
For the third consecutive year, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving the False Claims Act (FCA).  On May 31, the Court granted review in State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby to address the applicable standard for dismissal in FCA cases when whistleblowers (referred to as relators under the… Continue Reading

Court Dismisses Counterclaim Against FCA Whistleblower for Disclosing Confidential Information

Posted in False Claims Act (FCA)
On May 9, in United States ex rel. Cieszynski v. LifeWatch Servs., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the defendant health care company’s counterclaim against a former employee, ruling that Matthew Cieszynski’s disclosure of protected patient information fell within the public policy protections for whistleblowers.  In the underlying False Claims… Continue Reading

SEC Claims Employer’s Confidentiality Agreement Muzzles Whistleblowers; Orders Change to Agreement and $130,000 Fine

Posted in Internal Investigations, Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Whistleblower Retaliation
The SEC issued a cease and desist order to KBR, Inc. this week requiring the company to revise the confidentiality agreement it insists witnesses sign during internal investigations. The SEC also imposed a $130,000 fine. This announcement comes on the heels of a recent report that the SEC is scrutinizing non-disclosure, confidentiality and other agreements to determine… Continue Reading