Lloyd B. Chinn

Lloyd B. Chinn

Proskauer Rose LLP

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NY Law Journal Report: Trump And The Future Of The SEC Whistleblower Program

As reported by Ryan Barber of the National Law Journal, the Trump administration could change the trajectory of the SEC whistleblower office, potentially halting the SEC’s recent strict scrutiny of potential impediments for...more

11/22/2016 - Pre-Employment Agreements SEC Severance Agreements Trump Administration Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Issues Another Multi-Million Dollar Whistleblower Award

Less than one month after issuing a $22 million award, the SEC issued another multi-million dollar whistleblower award on September 20, 2016. The SEC’s most recent award exceeded $4 million. The SEC issued its typical...more

9/23/2016 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions SEC Securities Violations Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

CFTC Proposes New Amendments to its Whistleblower Rules

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) has proposed numerous amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s Regulations. The Commission seeks to enhance the process...more

9/6/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFTC Commodities Commodities Exchange Act Dodd-Frank Financial Markets SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Issues $22 Million Whistleblower Award

On August 30, 2016, the SEC issued a $22 million whistleblower bounty award to an individual “whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped the agency halt a well-hidden fraud” at the whistleblower’s employer. The Acting...more

9/1/2016 - Corporate Misconduct Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions SEC Securities Fraud Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Continues To Scrutinize Separation Agreements

On August 16, 2016, the SEC announced that Health Net Inc. (Company) agreed to pay a $340,000 penalty to settle charges that it violated Rule 21F-17 by using severance agreements that allegedly prohibited its employees from...more

8/19/2016 - Cease and Desist Confidentiality Agreements Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Fines Health Net SEC Securities Exchange Act Severance Agreements Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Affirms Denial of Bounties to Three Purported Whistleblowers

On July 19, 2016, the SEC issued an order upholding the SEC Claims Review Staff’s (“CRS”) Preliminary Determination denying three claims for whistleblower awards. The SEC’s order explains how the claimants’ bounty requests...more

7/21/2016 - Enforcement Actions Government Investigations SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Whistleblower Chief Sean McKessy to Leave, Agency Announces

On July 8, 2016, the SEC announced the departure of Sean X. McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. Mr. McKessy was the first to hold that role and started his post in February 2011. Mr. McKessy is credited...more

7/11/2016 - Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Issues $17 Million Whistleblower Award

On June 9, 2016, the SEC issued a stunning $17 million award to a former employee, whose “detailed tip” provided original information to SEC enforcement staff that “substantially advanced their investigation” into the...more

6/13/2016 - Enforcement Actions Former Employee SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

No Bounty For Purported Tipster

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an order upholding the SEC Claims Review Staff’s (“CRS”) Preliminary Determination denying a claim for a whistleblower award in connection with the...more

6/6/2016 - Dodd-Frank Government Investigations SEC Securities Violations Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Issues Two Multi-Million Dollar Whistleblower Awards

Over the past week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced two multi-million dollar awards to whistleblowers who provided the SEC with information in ongoing investigations. On May 13, 2016, the...more

5/18/2016 - Corporate Counsel Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Government Investigations SEC Securities Exchange Act Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Intervenes In Former In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an amicus brief in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former in-house attorney against Vanguard Group (the “Company”).  The case is Danon v....more

4/4/2016 - Amicus Briefs Corporate Counsel Dodd-Frank Internal Reporting Protected Activity Retaliation SEC Termination Vanguard Whistleblowers Young Lawyers

Tennessee District Court Limits Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

The Eastern District of Tennessee recently dismissed whistleblower claims, finding that the Plaintiff was not entitled to protection under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, or the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Verble v. Morgan Stanley...more

12/18/2015 - Dodd-Frank False Claims Act (FCA) Morgan Stanley Popular Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblowers

2015 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge, Private Equity and Other Private Funds

Proskauer has released the 2015 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge, Private Equity and Other Private Funds. The 88-page report is a summary of significant legal changes and developments in the private funds space...more

11/25/2015 - China Cybersecurity EU Gift Tax Hedge Funds Hong Kong Internships Popular Private Equity Private Funds Registered Investment Advisors SEC UK Volcker Rule Whistleblowers

Highlights of SEC’s 2015 Annual Whistleblower Report

On November 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower (“OWB”) released its fifth Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program to Congress, which details information on OWB’s...more

11/19/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Second Circuit: Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

On September 10, 2015, the Second Circuit issued its highly anticipated decision in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy, ruling (in a 2-1 decision) that Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower protection provision applies to internal complaints (i.e.,...more

9/11/2015 - Accounting Fraud Ambiguous Anti-Retaliation Provisions Chevron Deference Dodd-Frank DOL Internal Reporting Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers Wrongful Termination

SEC Issues Interpretive Rule Regarding Definition of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower”

In response to the disagreement amongst courts regarding the scope of Dodd-Frank’s employment retaliation protections, on August 4, 2015, the SEC issued an “interpretive rule” clarifying that individuals who have not reported...more

8/6/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Internal Reporting Interpretive Rule Investor Protection Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

New York’s First Department: Harassment Claims Not Barred By Whistleblower Claim

As reported by New York Law Journal reporter Ben Bedell, the New York’s Appellate Division, First Department recently held that employees could file suit against their former employer for both sexual harassment and violation...more

7/30/2015 - Banks Employer Liability Issues Former Employee NYCHRL Retaliation Sexual Harassment Whistleblowers

WSJ: Whistleblowers Claim That SEC Bounty Program Lacks Transparency

On May 25, 2015, the Wall Street Journal published an article reporting that tipsters have found it difficult to collect financial awards from the SEC after filing whistleblower claims....more

5/29/2015 - SEC Transparency Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Petition Urges DOL To Target Contractual Clauses Discouraging Whistleblowing

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Zuckerman Law recently petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to issue rules and guidance prohibiting “de facto” gag clauses in settlement and severance agreements that...more

4/13/2015 - DOL FINRA Protected Activity SEC Settlement Agreements Severance Agreements Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Announces Enforcement Action Regarding Employee Confidentiality Agreement

On April 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first settlement of an enforcement action under the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, which prohibits any person from taking “any action to impede an individual from...more

4/7/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Enforcement Actions Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

NY Whistleblower Bounty Program On The Horizon?

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced his plans to propose legislation that would create a whistleblower incentive program at the state level. The proposal, titled the Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act,...more

3/6/2015 - Attorney Generals Banking Sector Financial Institutions Insurance Industry Proposed Legislation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Consumer Financial Product Whistleblower Complaints Up Dramatically, SOX Complaints (with OSHA) Down

Since the enactment of Dodd-Frank in 2010, the number of whistleblower complaints filed under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”) has risen significantly while the number of SOX complaints filed with OSHA has...more

1/7/2015 - CFPA Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions OSHA Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

New York Times: Bounty Programs Incentivize Wrongdoers to Collect

We have seen a number of substantial whistleblower awards make headlines this year, but a recent article on nytimes.com discusses the potential downsides of government-sponsored bounty programs: rewarding whistleblowers by...more

12/31/2014 - Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

New York Times Discusses the Growth of Whistleblower Programs

As federal agencies dole out record-breaking awards to tipsters (such as the SEC’s recent $30 million award), whistleblower programs remain a topic of public interest. Earlier this month, The New York Times published an...more

12/23/2014 - DOJ Enforcement Actions IRS New York Times SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

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