In a recent letter to Jonathan M. Smith, the chief of the Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division, Lynne Bernabei asked that the Florence Police Department and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office be investigated for widespread racism. The issue has been covered by the local media by Continue Reading

PINAL COUNTY, AZ – Two former police detectives in Florence, Arizona and their counsel urged the Department of Justice to prevent another Ferguson, Missouri by investigating two police departments in Pinal County, Arizona – the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) and the Florence Police Department (FPD).

“The situation in Arizona is ripe to lead […]

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Bernabei & Wachtel is pleased to report that the Court of Appeal of California today affirmed the trial court’s denial of Fannie Mae’s motion to compel arbitration of whistleblower retaliation claims.

The plaintiff, Cecelia Carter, is represented by Lynne Bernabei and Pete Whelan (Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC) and by Andrew Friedman […]

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Federal News Radio recently interviewed Lynne Bernabei. They discussed the recent attempts by U.S. Customs & Border Protection to silence a high-ranking whistleblower, by transferring him from being the Director of Internal Affairs to the Director of National Affairs.

Although this seems to be a lateral transfer, it appears that he was […]

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The Washington Post discussed the problems that whistleblowers in the national security field face – they are well-positioned to discover significant fraud, waste, or abuse but are unable to report that misconduct without fear of retaliation. The increased monitoring of government employees and contractors makes it even more difficult for them to […]

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On July 2, 2014, Federal News Radio interviewed Lynne Bernabei about the new whistleblower statute that purports to protect whistleblowers in the intelligence agency.

Lynne explained that this new law will provide some additional procedures that agencies must provide to employees who allege that the […]

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The Knowledge @ Wharton bulletin recently published a lengthy article on the problems faced by interns in the workplace. Lynne Bernabei discussed the failure of most federal and state laws to protect interns from workplace harassment and discrimination, and the ease by which this could be fixed by adding interns to the […]

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Lynne Bernabei will be speaking at the D.C. Bar’s CLE course, “Recent Developments in Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and False Claims Act Whistleblower Retaliation and Litigation” on July 15, 2014.

This class will focus on hot topics in Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Dodd-Frank, National […]

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CBS 5 AZ – KPHO and KPNX-TV Channel 12 met with B&W clients this week to discuss their whistleblower retaliation claims against the Town of Florence, Arizona and several high-ranking Florence officials. The Town fired Walt Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson Vonzombie, veteran detectives of the local police department for nearly a decade, after they reported […]

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Former police detectives Walt Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson Vonzombie have filed suit against the Town of Florence, Arizona, including the mayor, town manager, police chief and lieutenant.

The full press release by Bernabei & Wachtel can be found here.

The suit alleges a widespread cover-up by high ranking officials of the alleged […]

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