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Firm Profile: Proskauer Rose LLP
Three First National Plaza
70 West Madison, Suite 3800
Chicago, IL 60602-4342, United States
Phone: 312.962.3545
Fax: 312.962.3551
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CFTC Amends Whistleblower Rules to Strengthen Anti-Retaliation Protections and Encourage Whistleblower Tips

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) adopted several additions to its whistleblower rules. Among other things, the amendments expand the Commission’s power to pursue…more
 /  Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

California Federal Court Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict In Former General Counsel’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

Recently, a California federal court denied the defendant–employer’s motion for a new trial, upholding the jury’s $7.96 million verdict finding that the Company terminated its former general counsel for reporting alleged Foreign…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

SEC Issues Another Whistleblower Bounty Award

On May 2, 2017, the Securities and Exchanges Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of more than $500,000 to an unidentified company employee. According to the SEC, the individual reported information that prompted…more
 /  Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Supreme Court Asked to Review Scope of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provision

On April 25, 2017, Digital Realty Trust Inc. asked the United States Supreme Court to decide whether an employee who files an internal complaint (as opposed to a complaint with the SEC) is covered by the Dodd-Frank Act’s…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

SEC Announces First Whistleblower Award During Trump Era

On April 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of nearly $4 million, the first bounty award issued during the Trump administration. To maintain the whistleblower’s…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On April 12, 2017, the Third Circuit partially revived a former in-house attorney’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against his previous employer. Danon v. Vanguard Group, Inc., No. 16-cv-2881…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit is a…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Texas District Court Dismisses SOX Whistleblower Claim For Lack of Protected Activity

On March 21, 2017, the Northern District of Texas dismissed a former employee’s whistleblower retaliation claim on the ground that her allegations of fraud were too far removed from potentially harming the shareholders of a…more
 /  Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Ninth Circuit — Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

On March 8, 2017, a split three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Northern District of California decision declining to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim because the plaintiff did…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Maryland District Court Dismisses SOX and Dodd Frank Whistleblower Claims

On March 1, 2017, the District of Maryland dismissed a Dodd Frank whistleblower retaliation claim because the plaintiff failed to allege that he had complained directly to the SEC about a violation of securities laws, and…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

SEC Reduces Whistleblower Bounty Based On Culpability And Delayed Reporting

On February 28, 2017, in an Order almost entirely devoid of detail, the SEC announced that a whistleblower will receive 20% of any monetary sanctions collected in an enforcement action commenced as a result of the…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Florida Private Sector Whistleblower Must Show Actual Violation of Law

The Southern District of Florida recently held that to establish a prima facie case under the Florida Private Whistleblower Act (FWA), § 448.102(3), Fla. Stat., a plaintiff must show an actual violation of a law, rule or…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

California District Court Addresses Whistleblower’s Self-Help

In Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02287, (S.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2017), a bank’s internal auditor reported alleged misconduct to federal agencies, engaged in self-help discovery by appropriating the bank’s confidential…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law
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