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CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its third annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2015. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies,...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Commentary Demonstrate the Commission’s Continued Focus on Internal Control Failures

We have previously written about how, over the past few years, the SEC and other regulatory agencies have devoted substantial resources to investigations regarding allegations that public companies have inadequate internal...more

Even Whistleblowers Must Pay the Piper

In a heavily redacted decision issued on April 5, 2016, the SEC approved the claim of one whistleblower and denied the claim of another for providing information related to an unidentified enforcement action. The SEC awarded...more

CFTC Awards More than $10 Million to Whistleblower

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced a whistleblower award of more than $10 million. This is only the third whistleblower award that the CFTC has approved since the inception of the...more

Former Hedge Fund Manager’s Civil Rights Suit Against New York U.S. Attorney Permitted to Proceed into Discovery

Shortly into his tenure as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara announced a crackdown on insider trading, indicating that it would be his office’s “top criminal priority” and that...more

Maloney Introduces Board Gender Diversity Bill

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced HR 4718, which would require that the SEC establish a Gender Diversity Advisory Group. The Group would be responsible for studying and making recommendations to the Commission on...more

Three’s Company: SEC Awards Nearly $2 Million to Whistleblower Trio

On March 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding a trio of whistleblowers a bounty of almost $2 million. One whistleblower will receive the lion’s share of the bounty — $1.8 million —...more

Board Diversity

A group of Democratic Congressmen wrote to Chair White urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to take action to consider additional disclosure requirements...more

Proposed Legislation Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Nonretaliation Act of 2016, with the confusing alternative title of the WARN Act of 2016, has been introduced before the House of Representatives. The proposed legislation would...more

Highlights from the SEC Speaks — 2016 Enforcement Priorities

Senior members of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC” or “Commission”) Division of Enforcement (“Division”) addressed the defense bar on February 19, 2016, during the Practising Law Institute’s annual “SEC Speaks”...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Prima Facie Burden of Whistleblowers for SOX Retaliation Claims

On February 2, 2016 the Third Circuit addressed Weist v. Tyco Electronics Corp., for a second time and, on this occasion, affirmed an Eastern District of Pennsylvania order granting summary judgment to Tyco. This second...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Newest VCs: 7-Eleven, Vitamin Shoppe, JetBlue Airways launch venture operations - Looking for a one-stop shop for slurpees and early stage investment?...more

The SEC Is Actively Encouraging Whistleblowers: How Should You Respond?

In the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) 2015 annual report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, dated November 16, 2015, Sean McKessy, the chief of the Office of the Whistleblower (“OWB”), stated...more

Keep This Between Us—and the Government: Confidentiality of Witness Interviews in Corporate Internal Investigations

Internal investigations into suspected employee wrongdoing are particularly tricky for in-house counsel, who must protect corporate confidentiality, be mindful of regulatory reporting requirements, and respect labor...more

Employment Law - January 2016 #2

EU Permits Employers to Monitor Private Employee Communications - Why it matters - In a favorable ruling for employers, the European Union's (EU) highest court concluded that an employee's right to privacy was not...more

GAO Publishes Report on Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards

On December 3, 2015, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report analyzing the history of gender diversity of U.S. corporate boards and provided recommendations for improving female board...more

"2015-16 Supreme Court Update"

In its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to address a range of disputes relevant to businesses. These include significant constitutional issues, class action practice and other procedural matters, and...more

SEC $700K External Whistleblower Award Highlights Need for Watchful Compliance Programs

Last week, the SEC announced an award of $700,000 to a company outsider who conducted a “detailed analysis” resulting in a successful SEC enforcement action. In a press release, Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC’s Division...more

Court Tosses Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim – No Proof of Whistleblowing or Retaliation

In Yang v. Navigators Group, Inc., the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment for the defendant on a dual pronged complaint claiming unlawful retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. ...more

Circuits Split on Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

The so-called “whistleblower-protection” provision of the Dodd-Frank Act created a private right of action for a “whistleblower” who is subjected to retaliation by his or her employer. The statute elsewhere defines...more

EU MAR implementing Directive on infringements published in OJEU

The Commission Implementing Directive setting out policies and procedures for reporting of infringements under EU MAR, and confirming how whistleblowers should be protected, has been published in the OJEU....more

Whistleblower Standing Split in Circuits & TN Federal Courts

There’s a developing circuit split over whistleblower standing for retaliation claims. A decision this week extended that split to U.S. district courts within Tennessee, too. In Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, No....more

Blog: House Hearing On Conflict Minerals Rule: A Mixed Bag

At a hearing last week before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, the members heard testimony regarding the Dodd-Frank conflict minerals provision. The Chair expressed concern that the provision was...more

Recent Dodd-Frank Diversity and Inclusion Standards Developments

Regulated entities should be aware of two recent developments concerning the final diversity and inclusion standards issued this summer under Dodd-Frank Section 342 by the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC. Given that the...more

SEC Reports on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

On November 16, the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) issued its 2015 annual report to Congress on its Whistleblower Program established pursuant to Dodd-Frank. According to the report, in Fiscal Year 2015, the OWB...more

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