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Whistleblower News: Facebook, Boeing, $1.3B Health Fraud

by HB Whistleblower Legal Team

04/09/2019

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Facebook is asking to be regulated but wants to choose how

Three years on from the US election, tech firms are seeking rules that won’t hit their profits

A year on from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, two and a half years on from the advent of fake news and the 2016 presidential elections, and many years on from academics and occasional journalists raising their hands in concern about the emerging issues of our information environment, are we any closer to fixing the problem? read more »

What Laws Could Investigators Use to Pursue a Case Against Boeing?

Aircraft manufacturers like Boeing rarely face a criminal investigation resulting from plane crashes. But last fall a grand jury in Washington, D.C., issued a subpoena for records after the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max plane. In the wake of the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash involving similar circumstances, the F.B.I. has joined that investigation. read more »

Man Who Bribed Son Into Penn Found Guilty in $1.3 Billion Health Fraud

A Florida man was convicted Friday of running an 18-year, $1.3 billion health-care fraud that prosecutors called the largest such scheme ever charged by the Justice Department.

Philip Esformes, a 50-year-old Miami Beach resident, used a network of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in South Florida to defraud U.S. government health-care programs while providing inadequate and unnecessary care to patients, prosecutors said. read more »

Opioid Evangelist Switches Sides in Case Alleging Pharma Abuse

A doctor who was an early evangelist for increased use of highly addictive opioids like OxyContin to treat chronic pain -- and who was paid to promote the idea -- has switched sides and now says drug makers helped to create a U.S. epidemic by failing to acknowledge the risks of abuse. read more »

Standard Chartered expected to pay just over $1 billion to resolve US, UK probes

London-based Standard Chartered is expected to pay slightly more than $1 billion to resolve a nearly five-year-old investigation of potential U.S. sanctions violations tied to its banking for Iran-controlled entities in Dubai, as well as a related U.K. probe, according to a person familiar with the matter. read more »