Whistleblower protection extends to company contractors

NPR yesterday morning related “the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that a federal whistleblower law, enacted after the collapse of Enron Corporation, protects not just the employees of a public company, but also company contractors like lawyers, accountants, and investment funds.” The case was  Lawson. Etal v. FMR LLC, Etal , Case 12–3. Justice  Ginsburg in delivering the opinion of …

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Kentucky bill setting minimum life without parole penalty in officer murder

Cincinnati.com this morning carries a story about Kentucky Rep. David Floyd’s announcing at a news release that he has filed a bill that would set the minimum penalty of life without parole in cases involving the intentional murder of a local or state police officer, sheriff or deputy sheriff who was on duty at the time of death. …

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Ohio Public Employees’ Whistle-blower Protection Venue

The Columbus Dispatch this morning relays “Joseph Sommer pictures corruption in state government gaining a foothold unless Ohio law is changed to protect workers who blow the whistle on misconduct,” following his receiving  a letter of reprimand from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, where he was formerly a lawyer,  in 2009 for reporting to the inspector general …

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Conduct Guidelines for Ohio Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys Issued

  The Ohio Supreme Court’s news service this morning passed on an announcement of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalismreleasing a new best practices publication to promote professionalism among Ohio’s lawyers. The Professionalism Dos and Don’ts: Conduct of Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys lists a number of guidelines for lawyers on both sides of a criminal matter, and “serves as a …

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Ocwen Financial Corp. mortgage infraction settlement

A Blog of Legal Times post yesterday related the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 49 states – including tri-state Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana – along with the District of Columbia’s  requiring Atlanta-based Ocwen Financial Corp.  to provide $2 billion in loan modification relief to its customers through principal reductions, plus another $127.3 million in refunds to foreclosure victims in a …

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