Category Archives: Whistleblower Law

Light Penalties Imposed Against VW for Emission Scandal

The Volkswagen (VW) emission scandal continues to make headlines, with a federal judge recently ordering the disgraced automaker pay a fine of $2.8 billion. While $2.8 billion may seem like a great deal of money and a stiff penalty for VW, the reality is that this amount is just a drop in the bucket for… More

$1.7M Award of Legal Fees in Penn State Whistleblower Case

On Friday, March 31, 2017, Judge Thomas Gavin rendered a decision awarding $1.7 million in legal fees to Mike McQueary in a whistleblower case. This is in addition to the $5 million that was previously awarded him in November after the judge found that he suffered mistreatment by Penn State, and was left unemployed after… More

New Jersey Whistleblower Law Does Not Apply to Port Authority

The New Jersey Appellate Division held that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is not subject to a lawsuit according to New Jersey’s whistleblower statute, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). It offers employees protection from retaliation for objecting to or revealing any illegal activity. The case of Sullivan v. Port Auth.… More

Public Access to Whistleblower Settlement Agreements

The New Jersey Assembly approved by a unanimous vote a proposed law that would make whistleblower settlement agreements concerning public entities accessible to the public. The bill would forbid public entities and public employees from engaging in confidential settlements of whistleblower claims alleged under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA).  An exception applies… More

Commonwealth Court Rules that Whistleblower Has no Application to Judicial Employees

The Commonwealth Court has issued a decision that the Whistleblower Law of Pennsylvania does not affect the judiciary even though at one time, the code of behavior for Pennsylvania judicial employees made reference to the statute. On February 17, 2017, a panel comprised of three judges ruled unanimously in the case of Thomas v. Grimm… More

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