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It’s all about Ohio

CHARLOTTE, NC — Inside the Democratic National Convention here it is all about winning voters in the State of Ohio. Democratic strategists now believe that if President Obama does not carry the State of Florida, Ohio is a must-win state. While Democratic leaders are guardedly optimistic about Obama’s chances in this rust belt state, they […]

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Democratic Convention Update

CHARLOTTE, NC — Inside the Democratic National Convention, the Obama campaign finally picked a mid-west issue that may make a difference in the presidential election campaign. Starting with former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland, a parade of speakers hammered on the auto industry rescue as a single accomplishment that will be hard for the Republicans to […]

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From the Democratic Convention

CHARLOTTE, NC — Somewhere in the air between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC — the site of the Democratic National Convention which starts tomorrow (September 3rd) — a flight attendant leaned into a cart pushing it up the aisle as the plane tilted upward gaining altitude. I thought of all the people on the plane […]

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CMS and the Budetti Blunders

Senators Orrin Hatch and Tom Coburn have raised some concerns about a multimillion dollar anti-fraud command center opened up today.  Complete with a giant screen estimated to have cost hundreds of thousands, the center will house the HHS’ infamous $77 million dollar computer system which, as of last Christmas, had stopped one check for $7,591.  […]

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Blowing the Whistle on Education Fraud

The U.S. government provides $150 billion in loans per year to students participating in higher education programs.  This funding is only available to students attending accredited programs.  Despite the large amount of federal funding at stake, the Department of Education does not itself accredit educational programs.  Rather, the Department of Education relies on accrediting agencies, […]

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“The SEC, SEC, SEC, what are they going to do with all the whistleblowers, whistleblowers, whistleblowers …”

If you recall, the Dodd Frank whistleblower provisions were promulgated partially in response to the SEC‘s failure to heed the warnings of whistleblower Harry Markopolis who warned the agency early on about Bernie Madoff. What flowed from the Madoff debacle was an expanded whistleblower rewards program. And this is a good thing. Yet what was […]

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Romney’s Education Plan

Privatize education and open up the floodgates to education fraud.  That is what Mitt Romney wants to do.  It is bad enough that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has allowed billions to be spent on charter schools and loans for dubious online degrees; now the Republican presidential candidate has made this a cornerstone of his education […]

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About the Abbott Settlement

By Reuben Guttman and Traci Buschner We were proud to have represented the lead whistleblower in Abbott’s 1.6 billion dollar settlement with the government which resolved claims involving the drug Depakote. Whistleblowers can make a difference and this settlement is one example of how one individual can take action that will change the conduct of a […]

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Is Apple Serious?

After years of representing to shareholders that it properly monitors its supply chain for compliance with foreign laws, Apple now admits a serious history of derelictions. CEO Tim Cook, whose 2011 income of about 300 million dollars is likely more than what Apple’s China based I-pod workforce makes in a year, says he wants to […]

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Did Fed Ex Get a Deal?

It turns out that Fed Ex will pay a sum of less than 5 million dollars to settle allegations of pervasive employment discrimination. The settlement was announced by the Department of Labor and touted as a victory. But is it really? Seriously? The DOL investigation surfaced allegations impacting several thousand employees. For a mulit-billion dollar […]

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