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Whistleblowers Win!

SUPREME COURT DELIVERS REBUKE OF THE OLIGARCHS … The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rebuked an effort by government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine America’s False Claims Act. The case – State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby – represented an attempt by…

SUPREME COURT DELIVERS REBUKE OF THE OLIGARCHS …

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rebuked an effort by government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine America’s False Claims Act.

The case – State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby – represented an attempt by these special interests to “create a mechanism where government contractors found guilty of fraud could escape punishment.”

Specifically, the chamber and its contractor allies sought to impose automatic dismissals of any fraud cases in which the confidentiality of the defendants had been violated.

“If the Court had ruled against the whistleblowers, it would have created a chilling effect discouraging employees to lawfully report fraud to various government agencies and the press,” said Stephen M. Kohn of the National Whistleblower Center. “Today the Chamber of Commerce’s attack on America’s most important fraud law was defeated.  We fear that they are gearing up for more attacks and urge all Americans to contact their respective members of Congress and ask them to protect the False Claims Act.”

“This is huge news,” one of our own whistleblowers said. “Notice that it this was a collaborative effort between government contractors and the Chamber of Commerce. The corporate oligarchy has done everything it can to gut the False Claims Act so that they can steal more money from the government.”

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