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SEC Sees Surges in Tips and Claims in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The SEC’s fiscal year ended on September 30, 2015, and the 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program was issued Monday. According to the report, the SEC saw another surge in whistleblower tips and paid out...more

Address Businesses Liabilities With Sound Compliance, Experienced Litigation Counsel

One of the points we mention fairly frequently on this blog is that proactive regulatory compliance is critical for businesses. One reason for this is that the costs for failing to comply with federal laws and regulations can...more

LLP Agreements and Repudiatory Breach

This OnPoint reports on a recent important High Court decision ?limiting the remedies available for breach of a UK LLP agreement. Generally, in contract law, if a party to a contract commits a breach which is...more

SEC Announces Third-Largest Dodd-Frank Bounty Award

Whistleblowers continue to reap extraordinary awards under Dodd-Frank’s “bounty” program in exchange for bringing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “original” information that leads to a successful enforcement...more

Issuers Apprehensive of OSC’s Proposed Whistleblower Program

The public comments on the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)’s proposed whistleblower program (Program) evidence considerable concern that the Program could undermine issuers’ internal reporting and compliance programs,...more

Infographic: Whistleblowing Laws - A snapshot of whistleblowing laws around the world

For every business there is a risk that corruption or inadequate systems will lead to dangerous or criminal behavior. Often employees are the first to suspect something is wrong, and employers need to manage the potential for...more

Successor Liability for Discrimination Claims

Since most businesses are organized in a corporate form, the typical defendant in an employment discrimination lawsuit is a corporation. If a corporate defendant is dissolved during the course of the lawsuit and has few or...more

Whistleblower Compliance Officer Receives $1.4 Million Award from SEC

On April 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million given to a compliance officer who alerted authorities to wrongdoing within a large company. Because of...more

SEC Whistleblower Is Second Compliance Officer to Receive Award

On April 22, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its second whistleblower award to an employee with internal audit or compliance responsibilities. The recipient of the award is a compliance...more

SEC Awards $500K to Company Officer Whistleblower

On Monday, March 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will award between $475,000 and $575,000 to a corporate officer who reported “high quality, original information” about a securities fraud....more

Are Restrictive Covenants in Sale Agreements Enforceable?

The Supreme Court of Canada recently addressed the issue of the enforceability of restrictive covenants where the purchaser of a business offered employment to the business’s previous owners (Payette v Guay Inc. 2013 SCC 45)....more

Claims of Branding, Acquisition and Control Satisfy Single-Employer Test

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) was enacted in 1988 to allow workers to adjust to the prospective loss of employment from a plant closing or mass layoff. It requires employers to give affected...more

SCOTUS Expands Sarbanes-Oxley to Include Contractors

In a stunning expansion of previously understood law, the Supreme Court held, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, that the employees of a contractor to a publicly traded company may sue their employer for retaliation suffered as a...more

CalPERS’ Warning Of Chill Goes Unheeded

Last November, Judge James P. Kleinberg of the Santa Clara Superior Court in San Jose, California ruled on motions for summary judgment in a case brought by former employees of a management company that had been retained by...more

Tenth Circuit Adopts a Broad View of What Constitutes Protected Activity Under Sarbanes-Oxley

In a recent decision, the Tenth Circuit approved the Department Of Labor Administrative Review Board’s broad view that Sarbanes-Oxley protects employees of publicly traded companies who blow the whistle on numerous types of...more

Managers of LLCs Can be Personally Liable Under the Massachusetts Wage Act

In a June 13, 2013 decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified that managers of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) can be individually liable for violations of the Massachusetts Weekly Payment of Wages Act,...more

The Floodgates are Open: Second Whistleblower Award Sparks Speculation Over What's Next

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding three whistleblower awards to tipsters who helped the SEC with its enforcement action against Locust Offshore Management, LLC and its CEO Andrey...more

Proxy Season Brings a Third Wave of “Gotcha” Shareholder Litigation

Proxy season is upon us and the plaintiffs’ bar is demonstrating its resourcefulness by bringing a third wave of shareholder litigation. This new wave, which has not crested yet, consists of a return to derivative shareholder...more

The Virginia Supreme Court on Damages, Equity Valuation, and the Significance of Delaware Corporations Law in the Termination and...

The Virginia Supreme Court has spoken again on the calculation of damages in a complex employment contract case. In Online Resources Corp. v. Lawlor, No. 120208 (Va. Jan. 10, 2013), the court addressed the expert...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - January 2013

In This Issue: - 2013 – What's On the Horizon - Changes Confirmed - Changes Expected In 2013 But No Implementation Date ...more

A New Whistleblower Retaliation Statute Grows Up: Dodd-Frank is the new Sarbanes-Oxley.

Reading the headline, I’m sure a few of you rolled your eyes. Dodd-Frank? Sarbanes-Oxley? Those statutes are seen as dull and tedious. But a new federal court decision in Connecticut should start to change that, and it has...more

How to Leverage SEC Whistleblower Rules: Seven Steps to Incentivizing Internal Reporting

The SEC whistleblower program, implemented under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act, is primarily intended to reward individuals who act early to expose violations and who provide significant evidence that helps the SEC bring...more

It is Always Good to Follow the Plan’s Claims Procedure in Denying a Claim

A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involved high ranking executives who participated in a company’s long-term incentive plan. Under the plan agreements, executives who did not continue employment for a three...more

Velo Holdings KEIP Approved by SDNY Bankruptcy Court

On June 6, 2012, Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved a $2.875 million key employee incentive plan (“KEIP”) in the Velo Holdings bankruptcy cases over the...more

Who's in Charge Here? Recent Decision May Cause Headaches for California Franchisors

California is the birthplace of the franchise business model. Today, there are approximately 62,000 independent franchisees operating in California, employing more than 1.1 million state residents. Historically,...more

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