Steven J. Pearlman

Steven J. Pearlman

Proskauer Rose LLP

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SEC Brings First Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Case

The SEC recently issued an Order against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (Paradigm), a registered investment adviser, and its principal for allegedly engaging in principal trades without effective client disclosure and...more

6/27/2014 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Retaliation SEC

SEC Bans Repeat, Bad-Faith Tipster From Future Submissions

Last month, after an individual filed 196 award applications, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) issued a detailed Final Order deeming him/her ineligible for an award in any of his/her pending applications and...more

6/11/2014 - Bad Actors Bad Faith False Statements SEC Whistleblowers

First SEC Whistleblower Bounty Award of 2014

On June 3, 2014, the SEC issued an order that awarded two whistleblowers $437,500 each pursuant to Rule 21F of the Securities Exchange Act. This Order marks the SEC’s first award of 2014, and eighth award since the program...more

6/9/2014 - Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Nebraska District Court: Employee’s Disclosures To FINRA Make Her A Dodd-Frank Whistleblower

In a first-impression decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska recently ruled that an employee who disclosed information about potential securities law violations to FINRA may qualify as a...more

6/3/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Dodd-Frank FINRA Hiring & Firing Retaliation SEC Securities Whistleblowers

First-Ever SEC Bounty Winner Receives Additional Payout

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower recently announced that the first-ever whistleblower award under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program will be increased by $150,000 based on additional assets the SEC collected from one the...more

4/9/2014 - Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC’s Amicus Brief: Internal Whistleblower Reports Covered By Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision

As we previously discussed, courts have struggled with determining the scope of the protections in Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions. On the one hand, Dodd-Frank defines a “whistleblower” as any individual, or group of...more

3/21/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblowers

$6 Million SOX Whistleblower Verdict In California

On March 5, 2014, a California jury awarded $6 million to a former accounting executive at Playboy Enterprises Inc. (the “Company”), finding that the Company discharged the former employee in violation of Section 806 of SOX....more

3/11/2014 - Corporate Counsel Enforcement Actions Jury Verdicts Sarbanes-Oxley SEC

Story Behind $14M Whistleblower Bounty Award Begins To Surface

On November 19, 2013, we reported on a record-breaking $14 million whistleblower bounty payout by the SEC. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal reported that this award arose from an alleged “Chicago-based scheme to defraud...more

2/28/2014 - SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC’s Strategic Plan Includes Reliance On Whistleblower Tips

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published (for public comment) a draft strategic plan, which sets forth its goals and objectives for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. The SEC’s “strategic objectives” include:...more

2/11/2014 - Dodd-Frank Retaliation SEC Whistleblowers

Virginia District Court Opens Door To Front Pay For SOX Whistleblowers

In a SOX whistleblower case of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that front pay may be ordered in lieu of reinstatement. However, the court ultimately determined that front...more

12/3/2013 - Front Pay Reinstatement Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblowers

Another Whistleblower Bounty From The SEC

On October 30, 2013, the SEC announced that it rendered a $150K award to an anonymous whistleblower whose tips allegedly helped thwart a scheme to defraud investors. The bounty equals 30% of the proceeds the SEC collected in...more

11/6/2013 - SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

What’s The State Of The CFTC Whistleblower Program?

The SEC’s whistleblower program has received tremendous attention, but let’s not forget about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) whistleblower program, which also was created by Dodd-Frank. A recent article...more

10/29/2013 - CFTC Compliance Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Issues $14 Million Whistleblower Bounty

On September 30, 2013, the last day of the fiscal year, the SEC awarded more than $14 million to a tipster who provided details that led to a substantial recovery of investments in an enforcement action. Though only the third...more

10/10/2013 - SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Enforcement Official Recommends That Firms Showcase Their Compliance Programs

Stephen Cohen, Associate Director in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division, recently advised companies being investigated to flaunt their compliance programs to the agency, according to an...more

9/24/2013 - Compliance Enforcement SEC

SEC Announces Additional Whistleblower Award Based on Assets Seized by Justice Department

After awarding the second-ever whistleblower bounty award pursuant to Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in connection with SEC v. Andrey C. Hicks and Locust Offshore...more

9/11/2013 - Dodd-Frank DOJ Enforcement Actions Search & Seizure SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Show Me The Money? Wall Street Journal Reports That A Big Pay Day For Whistleblowers “May Take A While”

A recent Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) quoted Michele Wein Layne, Regional Director of the LA office of the SEC, when she addressed the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Bounty Program at the American...more

8/19/2013 - Compliance SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Awards Second-Ever Whistleblower Bounty

On June 12, 2013, the SEC issued the second-ever whistleblower bounty award pursuant to Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in connection with SEC v. Andrey C. Hicks and...more

6/26/2013 - Dodd-Frank Sanctions SEC Securities Fraud Whistleblowers

District of Colorado Expansively Construes Protected Activity Under Dodd-Frank, But Finds No Causation

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado followed a trend of decisions concluding that a plaintiff need not have provided the SEC with information regarding alleged federal securities law violations to pursue a...more

4/5/2013 - Dodd-Frank Hiring & Firing Protected Activity Retaliation SEC Termination Whistleblowers

Third Circuit Lowers Bar For Determining Whether Internal Complaint Is SOX Protected Activity

In Wiest v. Lynch, No. 11-cv-4257, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 5345 (3d Cir. March 19, 2013), the Third Circuit gave Chevron deference to U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board’s (ARB) interpretation of “protected...more

3/26/2013 - DOL Protected Activity Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Split of Authority Whistleblowers

SEC Inadvertently Produces Whistleblower Complaint, But Then Obtains Protective Relief

During discovery in an SEC administrative and cease-and-desist proceeding instituted in December 2012 (pursuant to Sections 9(b) and 9(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940)[1] the SEC Division of Enforcement (DOE)...more

3/11/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Discovery SEC Whistleblowers

District Court Widens Split On Whether Complaints Of Alleged Future Misconduct Are Protected

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that a SOX whistleblower complaint survived a Rule 12(b)(6) challenge on “reasonable belief” grounds and found that complaints of potential future...more

2/18/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Bonuses Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Fraud Internal Controls Playboy Potential Future Violations Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Split of Authority Termination Whistleblowers

OIG Report On SEC Whistleblower Program: Praise, Suggestions & Conclusion That Private Right Of Action Would Be Premature

On January 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its report titled Evaluation of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program. The report presented a largely positive review of...more

2/6/2013 - OIG Private Right of Action SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

A Clear Illustration of How HR & Employment Law Best Practices Intersect With Compliance

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly issued a guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) titled: A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...more

11/29/2012 - Compliance DOJ FCPA FCPA Resource Guide SEC Whistleblowers

FINRA Rule Amended: Whistleblower Claims Not Subject To Mandatory Arbitration

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd Frank) amended the whistleblower provision in Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) to state that pre-dispute arbitration agreements that...more

11/26/2012 - Arbitration Agreements FINRA Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblowers

SEC Annual Report: Thousands of Tips, One Award & Minimal Transparency

In its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (Report), the SEC has revealed that it has received 3,001 tips during its 2012 fiscal year (the first year of this program), and it paid out its first award to a...more

11/21/2012 - Dodd-Frank Fraud Sanctions SEC Transparency Whistleblowers

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