Last year alone, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued approximately $564 million in whistleblower awards, stemming from the agency’s recovery of almost $5 billion through enforcement actions predicated on tips from whistleblowers. Those awards brought the total amount of money issued to whistleblowers over the $1 billion mark. Impressively, the SEC Whistleblower Program crossed this major threshold in …
Congress created the whistleblower program administered by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) with the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The government passed the Dodd-Frank Act, in the wake of the Great Recession, to increase protections for investors and oversight of the financial industry.
Like the False Claims Act (FCA), the CFTC …
Congress created the whistleblower program administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The government passed the Dodd-Frank Act, in the wake of the Great Recession, to increase protections for investors and oversight of the financial industry.
In 2011, the SEC adopted final rules for …
Sometimes in the face of horrific tragedy, purpose can be found.
On May 26, 2022, Kids in Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety, will honor Parents Against Tip-Overs (PAT) with its Best Friend Award for its advocacy and leadership in preventing furniture tip-overs.
PAT was founded in 2018 by parents of young children who lost …
While it may seem unthinkable that a popular kitchen appliance could severely injure consumers for decades without much public attention, that exact scenario is playing out in homes across the U.S. where families rely on pressure cookers for meal preparation.
Pressure cookers are touted by manufacturers and consumers alike for their ability to cook meals quickly and conveniently, while allowing food …
Exposing unlawful conduct by a business can often create significant monetary exposure for that company and any individual employees engaged in wrongdoing. Whistleblowers who step forward to report such fraud may therefore face retaliation for their decision to do so. This blowback may come after a whistleblower reports his or her concerns internally or it may arise after a whistleblower’s …
As magnet ingestions by children reach record highs, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has scored a victory in a more than 10-year battle to keep extremely dangerous tiny magnetic balls out of the hands and mouths of children.
On March 17, 2022, HD Premier issued a joint recall with the CPSC for about 119,620 sets of DigitDots magnetic …
When a patient suffers a stroke, proper diagnosis and prompt treatment can mean the difference between recovery with little or no disability and permanent brain damage, disability or death. Learn the issues to consider when evaluating a potential stroke malpractice case, including possible theories of liability, standards of care unique to stroke centers, and the required experts on a variety …
Congress recently established the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Program. The Program will provide rewards payments to whistleblowers who provide information leading to the seizure, restraint, or forfeiture of “stolen assets” linked to foreign government corruption, including the Government of the Russian Federation. Information reported, the identity of the whistleblower, and any rewards paid will be kept strictly confidential to the …
January 28th, 2020
Exactly three weeks after a Netflix documentary was released highlighting two former Feldman Shepherd clients, who told their stories of deadly dresser tip-overs — and just days before IKEA agreed to a $46 million settlement in a deadly dresser tip-over case brought by Feldman Shepherd …
January 8th, 2020
In a momentous step forward for infant safety, e-commerce titans Amazon and eBay announced on December 4, 2019 that they are banning the sale of all inclined infant sleepers on their platforms. Walmart and Buy Buy Baby quickly followed with commitments that they too would …
December 2nd, 2019
A documentary series by Netflix covering dangerous consumer products in a handful of industries will shine a spotlight on a growing epidemic of dresser tip-overs in the U.S.
“Broken” aired on the streaming platform on Nov. 27, just two days before consumers hit the stores for Black Friday. …
November 20th, 2019
If you are pregnant, or hoping to become pregnant, taking
vitamins and eating nutritiously most likely ranks high on your list of priorities.
But whether you are planning for the patter of tiny feet — or not — you may
find it surprising to learn that there is …
As child safety advocates, parents and lawmakers turn up the
heat in their fight to keep children safe from dresser tip-overs, two more furniture
makers have succumbed to the pressure to get their unsafe furniture out of their
Ridgewood Industries (also known as Ameriwood Home) and
E&E, on …
October 24th, 2019
In October, Feldman Shepherd held a “Don’t Panic: Effective
Trial Techniques for Young Lawyers” CLE in Pennsylvania. Moderated by Carol
Nelson Shepherd, the program was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the Fitler
Club, in Philadelphia.
G. Scott Vezina
and Daniel J. Mann began the seminar
by presenting on strategies …
October 18th, 2019
At least three people have died in a single-vehicle crash
involving a multi-passenger van in Chester County, Pennsylvania, according to
breaking news coverage.
The afternoon crash on Oct. 16, 2019, on Route 1 southbound,
near the Newark Road Exit, in New Garden Township, reportedly left eight others
injured, some of …
October 8th, 2019
In another victory in the growing movement to keep children
safe from unstable furniture, furniture design company Home Meridian has
announced that it is recalling dressers that do not comply with the furniture
industry’s already inadequate voluntary safety standard.
The September 24, 2019 recall, issued jointly with the
Consumer Product …
September 18th, 2019
Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina are investigating
an Aug. 19, 2019, aviation accident in which a college senior who aspired to
become a commercial pilot was seriously injured when he deployed the parachute
of his rented aircraft before it went down nose first into a …
September 5th, 2019
As parents, consumer safety organizations and lawmakers
continue to ramp up their pressure on the furniture industry to enact standards
designed to reduce dresser tip-overs, furniture and home goods retailer
Kirkland’s has announced that it is recalling about 3,000 dressers that do not
comply with the furniture industry’s already …
August 7th, 2019
On what should have been her son’s seventh birthday, Feldman
Shepherd’s former client, Crystal Ellis, testified at a congressional hearing about
the dangers of furniture tip-overs and the day that forever divided her life
into before her 23-month-old son Camden was killed in his bedroom when a
three-drawer IKEA …
July 9th, 2019
As a family mourns the loss of their 3-old-girl who was
killed by a falling tree branch at a New Jersey campsite over the July 4
holiday weekend, it remains to be seen whether this tragic death could have
What’s known at this time from news reports …
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