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CFTC Announces to Issue Award of Approximately $290,000 to Whistleblowers

On September 29, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it would issue an award of approximately $290,000 to whistleblowers for providing valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

Second Circuit Splits from Fifth Circuit on Whistleblower SEC Reporting Obligations On September 10, 2015, the Second Circuit in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16071 (2d Cir. 2015), ruled that...more

The Chill is Gone: SEC Wants Unfettered Whistleblowers

The SEC continues its efforts to support whistleblowers. The whistleblower program promulgated by the Commission under the Dodd-Frank Act offers rewards to individuals who report securities law violations. As we have...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

CFTC Makes Second Whistleblower Award

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, announced that it will make an award of approximately $290,000 to a whistleblower for providing valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act....more

Blog: Are Whistleblowers Just Out For The Big Bucks?

Given that, last year, the SEC awarded $30 million to one whistleblower alone, it looks like a pretty good gig. The previous year, the SEC awarded a whistleblower $14 million. That’s not too bad either....more

Court Says There is no Private Cause of Action to Create an SEC Whistleblower Award

AgFeed Industries, Inc.’s accounting irregularities culminated in a March 2014 enforcement action brought against AgFeed by the SEC. The enforcement action yielded an $18 million disgorgement penalty, referred to as the...more

Top Takeaways from the SEC's New Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On August 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules requiring most public companies to make pay ratio disclosures pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The...more

Proxy Access: Round 2 Begins

Shareholder proponent James McRitchie, who was successful in persuading the SEC to reconsider its no-action position with Whole Foods on proxy access, has hinted at his intentions for the upcoming proxy season, or at least...more

Changes In The Money Market Fund Rules: The Fiduciary Response

The SEC’s modifications to the money market fund rules won’t become effective for approximately a year, but plan fiduciaries should already be considering what to do about them.2 Almost certainly, they’ll need to make changes...more

“You Know How to Whistle Don’t You?”—Whistleblowers Gain Even More Protection

The SEC recently issued guidance specifying that whistleblowers do not first have to take their concerns to the SEC in order to be covered by the SEC’s anti-retaliation rule. The guidance clarifies that those whistleblowers...more

How Proxy Data and Pilot Studies Can Help Employers Prepare for the DOL’s New Proposed Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division recently announced its proposal to amend 29 C.F.R. Part 541, containing the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees. The...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2016 Proxy Season

Some will want to start preliminary planning for the 2016 proxy season. It has been a bewildering year of developments, but most will be thankful that there are relatively few new rules that must be implemented at this time....more

Second Circuit Allows Whistleblower Retaliation Protection Without Reporting to SEC

September 10, 2015, in a 2-1 decision in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that whistleblowers who report securities law violations internally but not to the US Securities and...more

Chief of SEC Whistleblower Office Shares Candid Assessment of Program’s Results to Date and Future Direction

On September 9, 2015, Sean McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) spoke at Thomson Reuters’ 4th Annual Corporate Whistleblower Program in New York. With the standard disclaimer that his comments and...more

Second Circuit to Supreme Court on Whistleblowers: Your Turn

The U.S. Court of Appeals to the Second Circuit’s recent decision holding that Dodd-Frank’s “whistleblower” anti-retaliation protections apply to employees who are dismissed after reporting alleged violations internally but...more

The Fundamental Distinction Overlooked By The SEC

Yesterday marked the close of the comment period on the SEC’s proposed incentive compensation clawback rules.  You can read my comments here.  The proposed rules are fundamentally flawed because the SEC failed to recognize...more

Executives Beware: The DOJ and SEC Have Set Their Sights on Individual Wrongdoing

The DOJ’s Yates Memo makes individual prosecutions a higher priority and makes a company’s own identification of potentially culpable individuals an explicit factor in assessing cooperation credit....more

The SEC, Second Circuit, and Whistleblowers: Searching For Ambiguity

The SEC’s interpretation of the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions prevailed in a recent Second Circuit decision, creating a circuit split that could be heading for the Supreme Court. Specifically, the Circuit Court deferred...more

2nd Circuit Says Whistleblowers Don’t Have to Report to the SEC

In Berman v. NEO@OGILVY LLC, the Second Circuit held that a whistleblower does not have to report to the SEC to be afforded the anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank Act. The court discussed that legislative history...more

Second Circuit Defers To SEC Interpretation Of “Whistleblower” For Purposes Of Retaliation Suit Under Dodd-Frank

In Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit reversed and remanded a decision of the SDNY, which had dismissed a claim for retaliation by a former employee on the basis that Dodd-Frank’s...more

Second Circuit Splits With Fifth Circuit Setting Up Possible Supreme Court Review: Are Internal Whistleblowers Protected Under...

On September 10, 2015, a divided panel of the Second Circuit issued an opinion in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, No. 14-4626 (2nd Cir. Sept. 10, 2015), creating a split with the Fifth Circuit on an issue that has also divided...more

Second Circuit Rules Internal Whistleblowers Are Protected Under Dodd-Frank

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit created a federal appellate split today when it revived a Dodd-Frank Act retaliation claim by an ex-finance director, who was responsible for the company’s financial reporting...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Broaden Executive Compensation “Clawback” Policies Required by Dodd-Frank

In an effort to increase executive accountability and promote higher quality financial reporting, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued proposed Rule 10D-1 for comment on July 1, 2015. The SEC issued the...more

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rule

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final pay ratio rule that implements Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) nearly two years...more

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