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Lawyer Mary Inman discusses the crucial role whistleblowers play in unveiling corporate misconduct 

International Law

Internationally recognised whistleblower expert Mary Inman will deliver two guest lectures

UEL is delighted to announce that we are hosting two guest lectures by renowned lawyer Mary Inman, who is internationally recognised as a leading expert in whistleblower cases. In 2017 she was tasked with opening a London-based office on behalf of her firm, focused on international whistleblowing. The news was reported by The New York Times.

Whistleblowing often makes national and international news, and raises many moral and legal questions. Just recently we have seen the impact that Christopher Wylie had on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. There's also Julian Assange's Wikileaks organisation, ex-CIA and ex-National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, and the 'Panama Papers' story. Other whistleblowers like Watergate's Mark Felt and tobacco executive Jeffery Wigand are turned into Hollywood blockbuster movies.

Ms Inman will speak on 11 April at 5.45pm and 18 April at 9.45am. These guest lectures are open to UEL students only. Her lecture on 18 April will be live-streamed on Twitter.

About the speaker

Mary Inman is a partner in Constantine Cannon’s London Office.  After 20+ years representing whistleblowers in the U.S., she moved to London in July 2017 to launch the firm’s international whistleblower practice. She specializes in representing whistleblowers from the U.K., E.U. and worldwide under the American whistleblower reward programs.

Ms. Inman is a recognized expert and frequent author and speaker on areas related to the international application of the American whistleblower laws, financial frauds, health care reimbursement and government procurement.  She has particular expertise in addressing Medicare Advantage risk adjustment fraud and is one of the lead attorneys in a prominent whistleblower case against UnitedHealth Group involving allegations the Medicare Advantage Organization submitted false claims for payment to the Medicare Program based on artificially inflated member risk scores. She also has extensive experience addressing fraud in government infrastructure projects, and representing city and state governments in prosecuting civil fraud actions.

Major cases

  • A California jury awarded a $223 million verdict to several Los Angeles and California agencies against an electric utility for overcharging its government customers.
  • A series of hospitals around the country paid $62.9 million to settle allegations that they had inflated cost reports submitted to Medicare for reimbursement.
  • Tyco International and other manufacturers paid over $60 million to settle claims by dozens of California municipalities that they had sold waterworks parts with 40% more lead than allowed by industry standards.
  • Tenet Healthcare Corp. paid $9.75 million in part to settle allegations that its subsidiary shifted costs from its inpatient unit to its rehabilitation unit to increase Medicare reimbursement.
  • Afghanistan war-zone contractor RECON International settled with the Department of Justice in 2010 to avoid litigating claims that it had fraudulently inflated its bills for materials used to build operating bases for U.S. troops.
  • The San Francisco Unified School District received a $5 million award after suing NEC Business Network Solution for paying kickbacks to school officials to induce them to order excess computer equipment using federal funds from the E-rate program.
  • Ms. Inman also was a leading member of the team of lawyers representing a whistleblower, several states and dozens of public agencies in a two-month jury trial, which resulted in a verdict that the largest PVC pipe manufacturer in the world had defrauded its customers over a ten-year period.  Prior to the start of the trial, co-defendant Formosa Plastics paid $22.5 million to settle its own potential liability.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018