On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s anti-retaliation protections extend to whistleblowers who report employers’ SEC violations internally, regardless of whether they report the violations to the SEC.  In Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., No. 15-17352, slip op. (9th Cir. Mar. 8, […]

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The Government Executive recently published a column by Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat, “The Never Ending War on Federal Whistleblowers”, which discussed how Congress and Executive Branch have been targeting whistleblowers through both the courts and through recent pending legislation that makes it easier to discipline or remove federal employees without providing them with […]

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In February 2016, Lynne Bernabei appeared on Federal News Radio on Tom Temin’s “Federal Drive” where she discussed how it was becoming increasingly hard for government whistleblowers to report misconduct and illegalities in the workplace. Topics include Congress’ attempts to remove protections for whistleblowers, the agency […]

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Judge Aspy of the United States District Court, District of Arizona ruled on Friday, April 10, 2015 that Jarris Varnrobinson Vonzombie and Walt Hunter, two police detectives in Florence, Arizona who reported their Lieutenant for destroying evidence of the alleged rape of a high school girl and were fired, could move forward in their civil […]

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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

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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Bernabei & Wachtel joined a number of other legal and community organizations in petitioning the Securities & Exchange Commission to take stronger action to prevent companies from retaliating against employees who blow the whistle on financial and other corporate misconduct.

The petition documents the increase in retaliation, and the need for […]

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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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