The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that prominent whistleblower and “qui tam” lawyer Eric Havian is turning his attention to an industry that has not traditionally been targeted by whistleblowers: Silicon Valley.
Armed with new federal laws (plus an old one) and a track record as one of the country’s best whistleblower lawyers, Havian has his sights set on tech, an industry that has long enjoyed a relatively squeaky-clean reputation when it comes to corruption.
But just because Google adopted “don’t be evil” as its motto doesn’t mean people inside the search giant are not capable of ethical or legal lapses in judgment because … well, they’re people. And people love money.
“You just put your finger on what could be the next big wave,” said Havian, a former federal prosecutor who was recently tapped by Constantine Cannon law firm to launch its office in San Francisco. “We haven’t seen many whistleblower claims involving technology firms. But now we’re seeing more government contracts are going to technology companies.”
Havian has a history of big whistleblower settlements against corporations. Will a notable tech firm be next?
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