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It shouldn’t be about the bounty

Whistleblowers have bagged US federal authorities a pile of recovered cash this year – and themselves some big reward money.  But Reuben Guttman’s hero is a man who received not a penny of bounty. Depending on how you count it, the US government recovered more than $6 billion in 2012 as a result of whistleblowers […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Marvin Miller, the one-time Steelworkers Union economist and the man behind the modern baseball player’s union — and perhaps indirectly all North American professional athletes’ unions — died last month aged 95. In 1966, Mr. Miller went to work as the executive director of a fledgling Major League Baseball players’ association, which, over the course […]

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What it means to be a whistleblower

Individuals blowing the whistle can receive millions of dollars for their information but is this the motivation? 2012 can be looked upon as the year of the whistleblower as the US government was on a trajectory to collect more than US$5 billion from cases that were initiated by private citizens. “With the growth of multi-nationals, […]

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Guardians of the People

As a UK gas costs fall under the spotlight for alleged price-fixing, Reuben Guttman makes the case for whistleblowers. NEW YORK – A revival of Ibsen’s 1882 play, An Enemy of the People, is currently running on Broadway.  The drama tells the story of a doctor who blows the whistle on a Norwegian town’s bathhouse […]

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Doing the right thing

Are global corporations under just a moral obligation rather than a legal duty to behave responsibly around the world?  See Reuben Guttman’s October 5, 2012 blog in The European Lawyer. DUBLIN – As the annual conference of the International Bar Association moved into its final stages, lawyers wrestled with the vexed issue of whether being […]

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Professional melting pot

The International Bar Association has a well-deserved reputation for partying hard at its annual bash, but, says Reuben Guttman, its multinational delegates also tackle crucial issues of legal practice around the world.  See Reuben Guttman’s October 3, 2012 blog in The European Lawyer. http://www.globallegalpost.com/blogs/commentary/professional-melting-pot-87309557/

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Puckering Up

“Whether to blow or not to blow – that intriguing issue triggered heated debate at a session on criminal fraud and the global economic recession at this week’s International Bar Association annual meeting” in Dublin, Ireland Reuben Guttman reports.  See his October 2, 2012 blog in The European Lawyer. Should the US practice of paying […]

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“Backing Barack”

The US President wins some heavyweight economic support as Reuben Guttman sees the curtain rise on the International Bar Association’s annual gathering in Dublin, Ireland.  See Reuben Guttman’s October 1, 2012 blog in The European Lawyer. The International Bar Association opened its annual convention with keynote speaker and Nobel Prize winning economics professor Joseph Stiglitz […]

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Expanded Protection for Whistleblowers: California Amends its False Claims Act

On August 16, 2012, the California Assembly passed a bill (AB 2492) amending California’s state False Claims Act, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 12650-12656 (“CAL FCA”) to largely conform to the provisions of the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”).  According to the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, states with FCAs “at least as effective” as the federal FCA qualify for an […]

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Changing the Debate

CHARLOTTE, NC — Twenty-eight years ago, then New York Governor Mario Cuomo gave a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco with a speech that will be remembered for the ages. But that speech, which focused on the demise of an industrial economy, was built on passion and emotion. Last night, Former […]

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