OxyContin abuse and addiction, and deceptive marketing

Whistleblower Law Blog has a post about OxyContin abuse and the Purdue Pharma sentencing. Executives of Purdue Pharma were sentenced to probation and community service in drug treatment programs for lying about the risk of addiction and abuse with OxyContin. The blog also points us to a site run by Ed Bisch, a father who … Read more OxyContin abuse and addiction, and deceptive marketing

Supreme Court of Wisconsin – Lawyer License Suspension

SUPREME COURT OF WISCONSIN
CASE NO.: 2006AP578-D
COMPLETE TITLE: In the Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings Against Hazel J. Washington, Attorney at Law:

Office of Lawyer Regulation, Complainant, v. Hazel J. Washington, Respondent.
OPINION FILED: May 30, 2007

David R. Schanker
Clerk of Supreme Court
ATTORNEY disciplinary proceeding. Attorney’s license suspended.

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Wisconsin Office of Laywer Regulation Public Reprimand With Consent

SUPREME COURT OF WISCONSIN – OFFICE OF LAWYER REGULATION
Public Reprimand With Consent 2007-OLR-10
Hazel J. Washington, Attorney at Law

Attorney Hazel J. Washington (“Washington”), a Wisconsin bar member since 1988, practiced law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Washington’s law license was suspended at the time of the imposition of this reprimand. On November 3, 2003, Glenda Bailey retained Atty. Hazel J. Washington to represent Terranze C. Sharp (“Sharp”) who was sentenced on August 13, 1991, to life imprisonment for first degree intentional homicide. The initial retainer was for the purpose of reviewing trial transcripts and post-conviction matters in Sharp’s criminal case filed in Milwaukee County, State of Wisconsin vs. Terranze Curtis Sharp, Milwaukee County Case Number 1990CF904071.

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The story of whistelblower David Welch

David Welch was the CFO of Cardinal Bancshares, and the first person to file a claim for whistleblower protection under Sarbanes-Oxley Section 806. The Department of Labor ruled in his favor in regards to reinstatement to his job. But Cardinal refused to reinstate him and appealed to the highest level, and Welch’s case was ruled … Read more The story of whistelblower David Welch

Whistleblowers under Sarbanes-Oxley

A study of almost 1,000 whistleblower complaints filed under Sarbanes-Oxley has found that none has resulted in a “win” for the whistleblower. Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is meant to give protection to employees of public companies who report wrongdoing. It is administered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). … Read more Whistleblowers under Sarbanes-Oxley

It’s a Good Thing When the Auditors of a Public Company Quit!!!

…or so Usana Health Sciences would have us believe. But don’t listen to them. No, no. Listen to a third party. An unbiased person who is quite knowledgeable about the reasons why auditors quit. Or not.

It took me a moment to pick myself up off the floor after rolling around and laughing, thanks to Scott Van Winkle of Canaccord Adams.

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Sarbanes-Oxley and informants (and the Overstock.com and Patrick Byrne connection)

Would it be any surprise if Patrick Byrne was in violation of more regulations applicable to public companies???

Recently, Sam Antar sent emails to the Overstock.com Board of Directors, two audit committee members and Patrick Byrne himself. The emails reported Byrne’s known violations of Overstock’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Various officials at the SEC were also sent copies of these emails.

The emails were published by Patrick Byrne on his blog.

Sam has recently been the target of retaliation by people believed to be working on behalf of Patrick Byrne. And heres what Sarbanes-Oxley says about retaliation against informants:

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