Here is something to celebrate: The United States Supreme Court just handed whistle-blowers one of their bigger wins in a long time.
People who expose wrongdoing in the workplace or among government contractors have taken a beating in recent years. The Obama Administration was especially assiduous in its pursuit of whistle-blowers, and President Trump has also singled them out for scorn.
So it was gratifying to see the Feb. 21 ruling from the nation’s top court on an important bank whistle-blower case dating back to the financial crisis. In its opinion, which vacated two lower courts’ dismissals of the case, the Supreme Court essentially confirmed that some courts have been using too narrow a legal standard when weighing whistle-blower suits under the False Claims Act, which is meant to punish those who defraud the government.
By highlighting a more expansive standard for what constitutes a false claim under …