“Whistleblower,” the new TV series on CBS, will devote an entire hour-long show tonight to two whistleblower cases brought by dedicated and heroic individuals represented by Phillips & Cohen LLP.
One segment features the story of Brendan Delaney, whose ground-breaking, whistleblower case against eClinicalWorks was the first time an electronic health records vendor was held accountable to fix major problems with its software that posed a risk of harm to millions of patients nationwide.
The other segment tells the story of Jeffrey Mills, who blew the whistle on Chartwells, a company hired to manage the DC Public Schools meal programs. The allegations in the case involved millions of dollars in overpayments and repeated problems with the delivery and the quality of the food.
“I am so proud of Brendan and Jeff and feel privileged to have represented them,” said Colette G. Matzzie, a whistleblower attorney and partner at Phillips & Cohen LLP. “They sacrificed a great deal to do what they thought was right, because they cared so much about protecting others. The impact of their cases will be felt for a long time.”
“Whistleblower” features interviews with many key players in the eClinicalWorks case, including the first public interview with the husband of a woman who died from a brain aneurysm after she didn’t get a critical brain scan that her doctor had ordered using the electronic-health-records system.
“Whistleblower” also interviewed one of the lead government attorneys in the case, Assistant US Attorney Owen Foster, for a rare discussion of a whistleblower case by a government prosecutor. The remarkable work by the government team on the case was recognized by awards from the Department of Justice and the nonprofit, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.
“Whistleblower” tells the real-life, David vs. Goliath stories of heroic people who put everything on the line in order to expose illegal and often dangerous wrongdoing when major corporations rip off US taxpayers. Attorney Alex Ferrer, a former judge and police officer, hosts the show. Emmy Award winner Susan Zirinsky (48 Hours, 48 Hours: NCIS) serves as senior executive producer. Alex Ferrer and Ted Eccles serve as executive producers. “Whistleblower” is produced by CBS News for CBS Television Studios.