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Blog: SEC Issues Concept Release Regarding Potential Additional Audit Committee Disclosures

The concept release seeks public comment on possible new reporting requirements focused on the audit committee’s responsibilities with respect to its oversight of the independent auditor. As the release notes, SOX mandated...more

Digital Disruption When You Least Expect (Or Want) It

In this Presentation: - Introduction - Chocolate, Cookies, Coffee and Biscuits - Privacy, Legislation, Underworld behaviour - Even manufacturers have secrets to protect! - Invention, 1%’ers and...more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

Custer’s Last Stand and Risk Management

On this day in 1876 one of the greatest failures in risk management took place when Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his entire 7th Cavalry were wiped out at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Custer had split...more

Second Circuit Tackles “Whistleblower” Protection Under Dodd-Frank

Last week, the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy, a case that places squarely before the Court the question of who is a “whistleblower” within the meaning of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and...more

"Supreme Court: A Term-End Review"

As the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014-15 term draws to a conclusion, the Court has resolved — or will resolve in a matter of days — several cases with potentially wide-reaching implications for a range of important policy and...more

Pink Flamingos and the Compliance Audit

The creator of one of the most ubiquitous symbols of mid-century Americana died earlier this week. Don Featherstone, the creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. He was...more

Coming to America – A Guide for FPIs

In this Issue: - The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - Chapter 1: Background - Chapter 2: Unregistered Global Offerings – Regulation S, Rule 144A and...more

Sixth Circuit Changes Course on Proof Required to Show Protected Whistleblower Activity Under SOX

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who engage in “protected activity.” To engage in protected activity under SOX, the whistleblower must provide information to the Securities...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms $250K Victory to SOX Whistleblower and Provides Broad Interpretation of SOX

On May 28, 2015, the Sixth Circuit in Rhinehimer v. U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. affirmed a $250,000 jury verdict in favor of a former financial advisor for U.S. Bancorp Investments (“USBII”) who alleged that he had been...more

Sarbanes-Oxley Case Clears Up Issues of Pleading Knowledge of Protected Whistleblowing

The recent decision in the Pennsylvania case of Westawski v. Merck & Co, Inc. clarified a rule stating whenever someone files a whistleblower complaint about a Sarbanes-Oxley violation against a corporation and he or she...more

6th Circuit Reverses Itself, Abandons “Definitively and Specifically” Standard For SOX Whistleblower Protected Activity

On May 28, 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee who reports allegedly fraudulent conduct engages in protected activity under SOX where he or she has a reasonable belief that the activity reported is...more

Washington Politics and Compliance

Consider this posting a warning to everyone in the corporate governance field. I am not known for being a chicken little and screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I tend to be a realist when it comes to politics...more

OSHA Issues Revised Whistleblower Investigations Manual

Continuing its emphasis on its Whistleblower Protection Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual on May 21, 2015. OSHA enforces whistleblower...more

IPOs - Attractive Exit Alternative For Financial Sponsors

The strong U.S. initial public offering (IPO) market, coupled with favorable regulatory changes and market acceptance of innovative transaction structures, has increased the attractiveness of the IPO as an exit alternative to...more

Arizona's "Whistleblower" Laws: Tread Carefully

A “whistleblower” is someone who reports to management (or in some cases state and federal agencies) that they believe someone in their company is engaged in illegal conduct. There are numerous federal statutes that provide...more

A Saab Is Not A Tangible Object Either

We previously reported on a U.S. Supreme Court case which interpreted the evidence destruction provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley. A plurality of the Court held in Yates that destruction of fish was not destruction of a tangible...more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources

Corporate governance has changed dramatically in the nearly 13 years since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and in the nearly five years since enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

$6 Million Verdict for SOX Whistleblower Leads to Malpractice Suit Against Defense Counsel

Playboy Enterprises is suing its former defense counsel Sheppard Mullin after being hit with a $6 million jury verdict in a SOX whistleblower case, the highest jury award in a SOX case to date. In Zulfer v. Playboy...more

Five Key Issues Confronting Financial Services Industry Employers

Employers in the financial services industry are faced with a growing number of employment law challenges. Whistleblower complaints are on the rise as regulatory agencies become more aggressive in their efforts to encourage...more

U.S. Department of Labor Hands Down Final Ruling on SOX Whistleblower Processes

On March 5, the U.S. Department of Labor gave its Final Rule in a case dealing with the types of procedures that govern the handling of retaliation complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The Final Rule indicates that...more

How to Conduct Internal Investigations Outside the United States

Think of a U.S.-headquartered multinational when it receives an allegation of serious misconduct at one of its overseas operations. Maybe the company whistleblower hotline just got a tip that a secretary in the Buenos Aires...more

Do Your Confidentiality and Employment Agreements Violate SEC Whistleblower Protection Rules?

As the SEC takes aim at whistleblower “pretaliation” (attempts to muzzle whistleblowers via confidentiality and other employment agreements—overt or otherwise) ethics and compliance officers need to take practical steps to...more

March Whistleblower News Digest – Is Your Anti-Retaliation Compliance Training Program Ready?

I thought February was a jam-packed month for whistleblower-related news, but March had no shortage of whistleblower headlines. From the SEC kicking off the month with a hefty whistleblower award to OSHA issuing the final...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Renew Focus on Incentive Compensation Clawbacks

Recent SEC enforcement actions serve as a reminder that CEOs and CFOs are subject to incentive compensation clawbacks under Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act even when there has been no misconduct on their part....more

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