Stengle Law Announces Wrongful Termination Filing Against FRBNY

October 10, 2013 – Today, Stengle Law filed a wrongful termination lawsuit on behalf of Carmen M. Segarra complaining of wrongful termination by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  The lawsuit alleges FRBNY and individual defendants Michael Silva, Michael … Continue reading

Get Smart about Whistleblowing – Retaliation is Human Nature

  Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney of the Lawyer’s Alliance of New York, stated, “[R]etaliation is human nature.”  Moldover made the statement in 2008 to a group of human resources professionals at a conference sponsored by the Society for Human … Continue reading

If the Whistleblower Needs an Expert Witness to Advance a Qui Tam, there’s a Problem.

People misunderstand expert witnesses.  I run into this problem all day long and am forever explaining to a client or some other well-meaning finance industry professional the very limited circumstances in which the hire of an “expert witness” make sense … Continue reading

But is it a “Material” Violation?

Some whistleblowers don’t understand they must allege material violations to qualify for a qui tam award.  They reason that any violation is enough.  It’s not that simple.  Some violations are relatively benign.  Those types of violations won’t adequately fuel a … Continue reading

Hoo Boy! Can’t Wait for the CFE Conference at John Jay!

Tom Borgers is putting together a conference for Certified Fraud Examiners.  It’s scheduled for June 14, 2013, and will be held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which is part of the City University of New York.  I’m a … Continue reading

The FCA Complaint – There’s an art to it

Every once in a while, I get called to consult/advise – whatever you want to call it – on a wrongful termination case for defense.  DEFENSE!?! I know, right?  Me and defense counsel getting together is almost always a recipe … Continue reading

Zaring Draws Fire for Criticizing the SEC Whistleblower Program

  David Zaring, an assistant professor of legal studies at the Wharton School of Business, wrote an article for the New York Times saying he had “second thoughts” about the SEC’s whistleblower program.  Leading qui tam advocates say Zaring misunderstands … Continue reading

Dear IRS Commissioner – The IRS Whistleblower program doesn’t have to be a black box.

Periodically, perhaps frequently, I rant about the IRS whistleblower program.  Why does the IRS think it can operate as a “black box?”  Why the over-application of rules against communicating with whistleblowers and under-application of rules that allow communication with whistleblowers? … Continue reading

It’s Just Dicta – A little legal analysis for whistleblowers

Armchair legal analysis can be irresistible to whistleblowers.  Why fight the impulse?  Whistleblowers should be highly educated about their potential case.  Some surf the Internet to all hours of the night, and all of a sudden, they find a legal opinion that … Continue reading

On My Reading List – The Definitive Dossier on PTSD in Whistleblowers

Today, I saw Dossier was available and immediately downloaded it. I want to know if Michael Volpe found anything that matches my perceptions of whistleblowers.  Volpe is an investigative journalist. In Dossier, he explores links between PTSD and famous historical … Continue reading