The Largest Tax Reward in History

Our Client Received One of the Largest Tax Whistleblower Reward in World History of $104 Million

Bradley Birkenfeld broke the back of Swiss bank secrecy. He was the first Swiss banker to file a case under the IRS whistleblower law. The results of this whistleblower case was unprecedented. UBS bank (at the time the largest bank in the world) had to pay a fine of $780 million. They also had to close all known U.S. accounts, and for the first time in history, the bank turned over the names of 4450 U.S. taxpayers for prosecution in the United States. Mr. Birkenfeld obtained the largest ever individual qui tam whistleblower award in history, $104 million.
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Other Notable KKC Cases

Co-counsel on amicus brief submitted on behalf of the American Medical Association in U.S. v. Phillip Morris in support of holding tobacco companies liable under RICO. Appeals court upheld this historic use of RICO to find fraudsters accountable.
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Represented the Village Voice in establishing the national precedent for allowing journalists to attend pretrial depositions in cases impacting the public interest over the objection of the deponent.

This case was another early pioneering case challenging the legality of restrictive non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that corporations widely used to silence whistleblowers. The firm’s challenge to restrictive NDA commenced in 1988. By 1995 we have convinced the Labor Department that such agreements needed to be fully struck-down, leaving the whistleblower free to continue to pursue his or her retaliation case and disclose safety concerns to the government. The La