Blog Archive: July 2012

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FDA Surveillance and Suppression of Scientists

According to a recent New York Times article, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an “extraordinary surveillance effort” on its own scientists following “a bitter dispute lasting years between the scientists and their bosses at the F.D.A. over the scientists’ claims that faulty review procedures at the agency had led to the approval of medical imaging devices for mammograms and colonoscopies that exposed patients to dangerous levels of radiation.” The FDA’s Orw...

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Florida Migrant Worker Organization Exposes Modern-Day Slavery

The exploitation of Florida migrant workers under “‘sweatshop’ conditions, including sub-poverty wages, no right to overtime pay, and no right to organize”sometimes descends into debt bondage and other forms of modern-day slavery. In fact, Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Molloy once described the tomato fields of Florida as “ground zero for modern-day slavery.” In the midst of these oppressive conditions, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a grassroots organization in Southwest...

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Self-Made Whistleblower Recovers $18M from Foreclosing Banks

When homeowner Lynn Szymoniak received a mortgage foreclosure complaint, she turned the tables on the foreclosing banks by utilizing her skills as an attorney and fraud detective to investigate tens of thousands of foreclosure documents in other foreclosure cases. After discovering that the foreclosing banks were engaging in pervasive fraud, she brought a False Claims Act lawsuit against the banks on behalf of the federal government. Now, CBS News reports that homeowner Lynn Szymoniak “i...

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