Description: Taking on corporate giants can feel like tilting at windmills, but John Kopchinski’s six-year legal battle against Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) just made him a rich man. The Gulf War veteran and former Pfizer sales representative will earn more than $51.5 million as a result of his whistleblower lawsuit against the world’s biggest drugmaker and the record penalty the company must pay the U.S. government for its massive marketing transgressions.
Source: Reuters News
Keys: Law, ethics, management, marketing
Questions for discussion:
- Do you think this story will motivate or deter potential whistleblowers to come forward? Explain your thinking?
- Ã‚Â Do you think the financial reward was appropriate? Besides, fines and awards, how else would you suggest the regulatory authorities work to deter illegal corporate behavior?