Category Archives: Whistleblower Law

Is James Comey a Whistleblower?

“Today, James Comey became the first FBI director to admit to being a public whistleblower,” states a recent CNN news article covering the testimony Comey gave before Congress on June 8. The CNN article bases this comment on the moment in which Comey stated that he decided to “leak” certain details about his conversations with… More

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

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