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US: Price-fixing whistleblower bill breezes through Senate committee

 |  October 31, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved of an antitrust bill Thursday that would offer protection to individuals that call out companies for price-fixing to the US Department of Justice.

The committee released a statement Thursday confirming the bill’s approval. The legislation will now face the full Senate.

Current law offers no protection to such price-fixer whistleblowers, who face getting fired after reporting the illegal action.

The committee’s top Republican Senator Chuck Grassley spoke out against the lack of recourse for the whistleblowers, saying those who call out the wrongdoing are “treated like second-class citizens.”

Reports say the bill follows recommendations from the Government Accountability Office, which first released a report in July 2011 point out out the lack of whistleblower protections.

Full content: Reuters

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