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January 16, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania State University denied defamation and wrongful-termination claims Tuesday that were lodged by a former assistant football coach who testified against Jerry Sandusky. In filings in Centre County Court, the university asked a judge to throw out a state whistle-blower lawsuit brought by Mike McQueary, arguing that any damage he endured as a result of his role as a prosecution witness was not caused by Penn State. So far, McQueary has failed to provide any evidence suggesting that Penn State officials publicly questioned his character, university counsel Nancy Conrad wrote.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2012 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Texas, Allen Jones determined that state employees were getting kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, and his efforts resulted in his being named Whistle-blower of the Year and awarded about $20 million of the state's $158 million settlement. In Pennsylvania, where Jones was a commonwealth-paid investigator, he and his information were dismissed - twice, almost a decade apart. Jones had discovered malfeasance that was similar in both states, with the drug companies wanting state officials to help push higher-priced antipsychotic drugs to foster children, among other wards of the state, through taxpayer-funded Medicaid programs.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - In 2010, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million for helping expose the widespread tax-evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth. The dizzyingly abrupt turnabout in Birkenfeld's life leaves him with the largest government whistle-blower award ever to an individual, said Stephen M. Kohn, one of Birkenfeld's attorneys and executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To hear his lawyer tell it, Rocco Martinez fancied himself a whistle-blower, a warrior against a scourge of so many Philadelphians: the heartless Parking Authority officer scribbling an undeserved ticket. But when Martinez secretly videotaped an officer allegedly offering to fix tickets last year, then threatened to make it public if the authority bosses didn't pay him, investigators saw something else. Extortion. On Monday, Martinez pleaded guilty to extorting $500 from Parking Authority Director Vince Fenerty.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - They've called from pay phones. They've had furtive meetings at hotels and even a church. On internal government documents, they go by such code names as Mr. X. For the last year, whistle-blowers deep inside corporate America have been dishing dirt on their employers under a Securities and Exchange Commission program that could give them a cut of multimillion-dollar penalties won by financial regulators. A new bounty program has been an intel boon to the securities industry regulator, which has struggled to redeem itself after failing to stop Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme and rein in Wall Street before the 2008 financial crisis.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - Jurors have awarded more than $1 million to a New Jersey trooper who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lawyer for retired Detective Sgt. 1st Class Brian Royster says jurors in Essex County on Wednesday found that the State Police and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes violated the act. Royster, 48, sued in 2005, claiming that cases pending with the equal-employment unit were stalled and troopers accused of misconduct had been allowed to...
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Matt Katz and Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Former state Attorney General Paula Dow, nominated to a judgeship in Burlington County, will face questions over a politically charged whistle-blower lawsuit at her confirmation hearing Thursday. The suit alleges that Dow dropped a corruption indictment against public officials because those accused had ties to Gov. Christie. The lead prosecutor on the case was then fired by a Dow deputy. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D., Union), who will preside over Thursday's hearing, called allegations in the whistle-blower suit "explosive.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | By WIlliam Bender, Daily News Staff Writer
OFFICER PAUL ZENAK thinks he's been asking too many questions. That's the only way he can make sense of it. Why else did Zenak — a decorated 21-year Philadelphia Police veteran and former Officer of the Year in his district — go from being what a sergeant described as an "outstanding" and "highly recommended" director of the Wissinoming Police Athletic League center to a cop with a tarnished reputation and two bizarre reprimands in his...
NEWS
May 28, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 3:30 p.m., Joseph D. Carruth jumps up from the couch at his Townsend, Del., home and heads to the garage. He speeds off on a Razor scooter with another scooter in tow. Just down the block, 8-year-old Brianna Carruth hops out of a yellow school bus. "Daddy!" the Brick Mills Elementary third grader in pink pants and curly pigtails yells as he greets her with open arms. The pair then race back home. "I win," Brianna says, as she heads inside for a snack. The after-school race has been a routine since Brianna started school.
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