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Snitches get……massive cash rewards

On Monday 20 March 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a campaign to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward and expose cartels. The campaign is going to target social media and key websites. ...more

SEC Claws Back Award for Dawdling Whistleblower, as Feds Signal Changes in Award Eligibility

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission released an Order Determining Whistleblower Award Claim holding that the whistleblower’s award should be reduced to 20% of the monetary sanctions collected...more

Why You Shouldn’t Relax on Pretaliation—Even if Policymakers Do

About two years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made history when it brought the first “pretaliation” whistleblower enforcement action against KBR Inc., a technology and engineering firm in Houston. The...more

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

SEC Enforcement: 2016 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2017

Enforcement activity increased again in fiscal year 2016, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continued to pursue a broad agenda. Consistent with former Chair Mary Jo White’s “broken windows” enforcement...more

Union Fund Uses NY False Claims Act to Blow Whistle on Prevailing Wage Violator and Recover $33,750

In the first reported case of its kind in New York, in February a union fund received a five-figure settlement payment from a Harlem-based general contractor that worked on a New York City affordable housing project after the...more

Report a Canadian Tax Evader and Make Money?

Yes, it's possible. Canada has had a tax whistleblower program for four years, the Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP). The OTIP pays individuals who qualify for the program and provide information to the Canada Revenue...more

SEC Whistleblower Program May Be Facing Congressional Cutback

According to a memo circulating amongst Republican-party leaders as of February 13th, Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to propose a significant curtailment of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

GOP House Considers Adopting Clean Hands Rule for SEC Whistleblower Program

The Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., recently issued a memo outlining a plan to implement sweeping changes to a bill he introduced last year known as the Financial CHOICE Act....more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

Ex-GC Awarded $8 Million For Retaliatory Firing

A California federal jury awarded Sanford Wadler, former General Counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, $8 million for his claims against his former employer under the whistleblower provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and the...more

CFTC Has Banner Year For Enforcement Actions in FY2016

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently released its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016. In FY 2016, the CFTC filed 68 enforcement actions and obtained restitution, disgorgement and penalty orders...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 2

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, Mary Jo White delivered her “farewell address” to The Economic Club of New York upon the completion of her term as the 31st Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Her...more

2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2016 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this Report is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive...more

SEC: $7 Million Award to be Split by Three Whistleblowers

On Monday, January 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded more than $7 million to be split among three whistleblowers. The three individuals helped the SEC in its investigation and prosecution of an...more

Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights of 2016

This is the third year we are providing our annual Top Ten list of Enforcement Highlights. This time, it occurs towards the end of the tenure of SEC Chair Mary Jo White. Sullivan & Cromwell corporate securities and capital...more

SEC Continues To Pay Out Millions In Secrecy

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced awards to three whistleblowers totaling more than $7 million. That is about all anyone can say about the awards. The SEC’s order is only 448 words long,...more

SEC Issues $5.5 Million Whistleblower Award

On January 6, 2017, the SEC announced the first whistleblower award this year.  The award of approximately $5.5 million, comes almost exactly a month after the SEC issued two awards totaling over $4.4 million....more

Is This SEC Claim False And Misleading?

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced yet another whistleblower award. According to the SEC, the award totals more than $5.5 million dollars. Tellingly, we don’t, and won’t, know the exact amount. The...more

The SEC Continues to Impose Fines and Other Penalties on Companies Based Solely on the Content of Their Standard Corporate...

In August 2016, we highlighted that companies may want to review the content of their standard severance agreements, settlement agreements, confidentiality agreements and similar documents in light of an unprecedented...more

Has The SEC Paid Millions In Whistleblower Bounties To “Friends And Family”?

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced yet another large whistleblower bounty. See SEC Awards Nearly $1 Million to Whistleblower. This brings to $136 million the total amount awarded to date by...more

Highlights of SEC’s 2016 Annual Whistleblower Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower recently released its sixth Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program to Congress, which details information on the SEC’s activities and bounty...more

2016 Marks Third Highest Annual False Claims Act Recovery

Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 2016 was its third highest recovery year in False Claims Act (FCA) history. According to the press release, “DOJ obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and...more

SEC Issues Two Large Whistleblower Awards

In less than one week, the SEC issued two whistleblower awards totaling over $4.4 million. On December 5, 2016, the SEC issued a whistleblower award of approximately $3.5 million. Several days later, on December 9, 2016, the...more

SEC Touts Historic Year for the Whistleblower Program

On November 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released its annual report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (the “Program”). As noted in prior reports, the past year has been historic...more

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