KKC’s Landmark Whistleblower Cases

KKC’s Landmark Whistleblower Cases

If you are a whistleblower, you have come to the right place. Kohn Kohn & Colapinto (KKC) is the first law firm in the nation exclusively dedicated to the representation of whistleblowers. Our journey began more than three decades ago and we have remained on the cutting edge of whistleblower advocacy ever since.

We helped write whistleblower laws and have worked tirelessly to establish whistleblower reward laws. Our work on behalf of whistleblowers saved lives, protected the environment, freed the innocent, and ultimately allowed us to recover billions of dollars stolen from taxpayers and innocent investors.

Our many achievements led the National Law Journal to list KKC as one of the 25 top plaintiff’s law firms in the entire nation. Our continued success for whistleblowers led the National Law Journal to place KKC in its first new ranking system of the “Top 50 Elite Plaintiffs” law firms in the nation.

So what actually sets us apart from every other top law firm in the nation? Although KKC attained the largest whistleblower recovery ever paid to a single individual ($104 million US), the real answer is that our success is solely based on helping whistleblowers. We reaffirm our pledge that the sole mission of our firm is to assist and defend whistleblowers. You can visit Why We Represent Whistleblowers to learn more.

HOLDING BIG BANKS ACCOUNTABLE FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD

Obtained multi-million-dollar settlement for whistleblower Robert Harris, whose allegations contributed to the multi-billion-dollar federal government settlement with banks that wrongfully foreclosed on residential mortgages, fueled the financial “meltdown” and forced millions of Americans out of their homes

RECOVERING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DELINQUENT TAXES

Represented IRS Whistleblower whose disclosures led the recovery of more than $5 billion from delinquent taxpayers and $780 million from UBS Bank.

ENDING ILLEGAL NO-BID CONTRACTING

Achieved a major victory and settlement for top civil contracting officer Bunnatine Greenhouse at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who blew the whistle on Halliburton’s illegal multi-billion dollar no-bid contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq.

WINNING LARGEST WHISTLEBLOWER REWARD IN HISTORY

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto fought for a $104 million dollar award for whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld.

FIGHTING FRAUD IN DEFENSE CONTRACTS

In Barko v. Halliburton, prevented Halliburton from throwing out major False Claims qui tam case documenting millions of dollars in Iraq War contracting fraud.

HOLDING BIG PHARMA ACCOUNTABLE FOR RIPPING OFF MEDICARE

In Richardson v. Bristol Myers Squibb, won one of the largest pharmaceutical False Claims qui tam cases in U.S. history, resulting in civil payments to government of more than $500 million dollars and multi-million dollar recovery for the whistleblower.

HOLDING FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE FOR MISLEADING STUDENTS

Represented a recruiter employed at a for-profit university, and obtained multi-million-dollar settlement on behalf of relator and United States in qui tam lawsuit.

STOPPING THE SALE OF DEFECTIVE BODY ARMOR

In Westrick v. Second Chance Body Armor, KKC stopped sales of defective bulletproof vests to police departments across the United States. Ongoing qui tam cases have resulted in over $50,000,000 in recoveries for the United States, to date.

PROTECTING INTERNATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWERS

Commencing in 2007, when the firm’s partners met with leading ministers of the Republic of Hungary advocating on behalf of international whistleblowers, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has played a major role in increasing Global Whistleblower Protections. The importance of protecting global whistleblowers was highlighted by the firm’s historic victory on behalf of the leading Swiss Banking whistleblower, whose disclosures triggered massive multi-billion dollar tax compliance.

STOPPING HUSH MONEY PAYMENTS TO WHISTLEBLOWERS

In Macktal v. Brown & Root, established national precedent prohibiting corporations from paying whistleblowers money for silence, and in federal cases involving environmental or nuclear violations.

PROTECTING FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Defending William Sanjour, earned nationwide injunctive relief on behalf of all federal employees establishing their First Amendment right to publicly blow the whistle on their employing agencies.

SHIELDING WHISTLEBLOWERS FROM ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE

Obtained first-ever ruling by the White House and the Office of Special Counsel restricting the ability of federal agencies to lawfully monitor emails of their employees who disclose corruption or fraud to the Office of Inspector General.

PROTECTING WALL STREET WHISTLEBLOWERS

The SEC adopted key recommendations for enhancing its Whistleblower Reward Program, including protections for corporate compliance officials and affirming the eligibility for rewards of employees who participated in the securities violations.

PROTECTING COMPLIANCE OFFICIALS

Provided pro bono legal services to draft rule proposal to SEC for the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program. Proposal adopted by the Commission included establishing the right of corporate compliance officials and directors to obtain rewards, and ensuring that employees who “participated” in a fraud, but did not “plan and initiate” the fraud could obtain rewards

OPPOSING THE ATTACK ON THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT'S QUI TAM PROVISIONS

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto was counsel for a public interest group in an Amicus Curiae brief filed in a case upholding the constitutionality of key provisions of the False Claim Act’s qui tam provisions.

EXPOSING FEMA FRAUD

Represented whistleblowers that exposed fraud in FEMA contracting during the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The contractors pleaded guilty to their frauds and were sentenced to prison, and the whistleblowers were able to obtain rewards from penalties paid by the defendants in restitution.

FIXING THE LAWS

Worked with Congress pro bono with to pass critical whistleblower laws, including the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the No-FEAR Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the consumer product safety act, adding whistleblower protections into the stimulus laws, and the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act.

FILING AMICUS CURIAE BRIEFS WITH THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Worked with public interest groups to file amicus curiae “friend of the court” briefs establishing important pro-whistleblower legal precedent in cases filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and federal administrative agencies.

ESTABLISHING RIGHTS FOR FBI AGENTS

KKC won a landmark victory and was responsible for a historic presidential directive by President Clinton ordering the U.S. Attorney General to implement regulations protecting FBI whistleblowers.

FIGHTING RETALIATION

The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) paid $5.6 million to resolve whistleblower claims made by Shahiq Khwaja, who experienced retaliation for his reporting.

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