Steven J. Pearlman

Steven J. Pearlman

Proskauer Rose LLP

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SOX Claim Dismissed: Rejection of IP Assignment Clause Not Protected Activity

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim, concluding that the plaintiff did not engage in protected activity. Fuqua...more

8/8/2014 - Fraud Protected Activity Sarbanes-Oxley Shareholders Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision Limited To Complaints About Securities Laws

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled that an Illinois-based bank employee could not state a claim under the whistleblower protection provision in Dodd-Frank because his complaints alleged...more

6/16/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Banks Dodd-Frank Securities Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Seventh Circuit: ARRA Whistleblower Claim Failed Because Complaints Did Not Relate to “ARRA-Covered Funds”

A Seventh Circuit panel recently affirmed dismissal of a whistleblower claim under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) where the complaint did not state a claim (for Rule 12(b)(6) purposes) for misuse...more

5/29/2014 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

S.D.N.Y. Takes Broad Approach To SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently denied a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims, ruling that (i) the plaintiff engaged in SOX protected activity even...more

5/28/2014 - Dodd-Frank Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

4th Circuit: SOX Whistleblower Failed To Establish A Prima Facie Case Regarding Causation

On May 12, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment on a SOX whistleblower claim, concluding that the whistleblowers’ alleged protected activity was not a “contributing factor” in the challenged...more

5/16/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Causation Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

OSHA Releases Interim Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Regulations

OSHA recently released the interim final text of regulations implementing the whistleblower protection provision (Section 1057) in Dodd-Frank. The interim final regulations establish the timing and processes for handling...more

4/14/2014 - Administrative Review Board ALJ Dodd-Frank DOL OSHA Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies

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

U.S. Supreme Court Extends SOX's Whistleblower Protection To Employees of Publicly Traded Company's Contractors

On March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Lawson v. FMR LLC, holding that SOX's whistleblower protection extends to employees of a publicly traded company's contractors and subcontractors. Lawson v. FMR LLC,...more

3/7/2014 - Contractors Fidelity Investments FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Georgia Federal Court Rules That Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers Are Not Entitled To A Jury Trial

On November 12, 2013, a Georgia district court ruled that Dodd-Frank whistleblowers are not entitled to a jury trial or punitive damages. Pruett v. BlueLinx Holdings, Inc., No. 13-cv-02607 (N.D. Ga., Nov. 12, 2013). This is a...more

11/14/2013 - Dodd-Frank Jury Trial Punitive Damages Retaliation Trials Whistleblower Protection Policies 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 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

Recent Multi-Million Dollar Whistleblower Jury Awards — A Wake-Up Call For Employers

In what might be an unsettling trend for employers, juries in Philadelphia and Anchorage have recently issued multi-million dollar jury awards in favor of whistleblowers. Specifically, on March 22, 2013, a Philadelphia Common...more

4/16/2013 - Damages False Claims Act Jury Awards Protected Activity Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

$28 Million Verdict Against Illinois Nursing Home Liable Under False Claims Act & Illinois Whistleblower Reward And Protection Act

On February 11, 2013, a jury in federal district court in Illinois found a nursing home operator (Company) liable under the False Claims Act and the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act for fraudulent billing and...more

2/26/2013 - False Claims Act Nursing Homes Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Worthless Services Claims

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

Jury Awards $960,000 In First Trial Under New Mexico Whistleblower Law

On January 18, 2013, a former New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) employee prevailed in the first case to reach trial under the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act (NMWPA)....more

1/28/2013 - Corruption Hiring & Firing Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

BNSF & OSHA Reach Significant Whistleblower-Related Accord

In January 2013, after over 30 FRSA complaints were lodged by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) employees, OSHA and BNSF reached an agreement (Accord), where BNSF agreed to modify certain policies and practices alleged to interfere...more

1/28/2013 - Accord Federal Railroad Safety Act OSHA Railways Safety Violations Whistleblower Protection Policies

President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act, Issues Signing Statement Regarding Whistleblower Provisions

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA), which enhances whistleblower protections for employees of contractors and subcontractors vis-à-vis the Department...more

1/5/2013 - DOD NASA NDAA Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies

Top 10 Ways To Minimize Whistleblower Risks

Here are the TOP 10 STEPS public and private employers should consider taking to minimize the risk of whistleblower retaliation claims and build defenses where litigation is unavoidable....more

12/13/2012 - Compliance Retaliation Training Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

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