March 29, 2019 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup – March 29, 2019

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers.


Duke University Settles $112.5 million False Claims Act Deal over Bogus Research

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations by submitting applications for federal grants that contained falsified research data. Between 2006 to 2018, Duke allegedly knowingly submitted fake data for 30 grants. The lawsuit was first filed by whistleblower and former Duke employee Joseph Thomas. He will receive $33.75 million for his share in the recovery. To read the full story from NBC News, click here.


SEC Grants $50 Million Award to Two JPMorgan Whistleblowers

Two whistleblowers received a total of $50 million for providing information that helped the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) uncover JPMorgan’s illegal activities. In 2015, JPMorgan agreed to settle for $307 million for failing to disclose conflicts of interest to its wealth management customers. Under the SEC whistleblower program, the agency is required to keep the whistleblower’s identity confidential, and they are entitled to shares of the recovery. To read the full story from the Wall Street Journal, click here.


Houston Housing Authority Employee Awarded $1.87 Million in Retaliation Case

A Texas federal jury awarded the former general counsel of the Houston Housing Authority, Karen Miniex, $1.87 million for firing her in retaliation for reporting fraud in voucher programs for veterans. In 2016, Miniex received information that another employee was selling housing voucher intended for veterans to the general public. However, she was fired after she disclosed the information to her superiors. To read the full story from the Houston Chronicle, click here.



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