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"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

Another Effort at False Claims Act Reform: Bills Introduced to Amend Illinois Act to Restrict Tax-Related Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Illinois Legislators have recently introduced three bills that would amend the Illinois False Claims Act (“Act”) to restrict the ability to bring tax-related claims. Senate Bill 9, the proposed “grand bargain” to resolve...more

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

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The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

Defenses Payroll Tax Fraud

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Prosecution for payroll tax fraud is a high priority for the IRS and Department of Justice. Payroll tax fraud occurs in several manners, including false worker classification as independent contractors, understatement of...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — September 2016

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The September edition of Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report examines what federal agencies were up to while Congress was out of session, and discusses state and local laws that advanced in the weeks leading...more

Tax Court Broadens the Definition of “Collected Proceeds” – Result: Seventeen Million Dollar Award for Tax Fraud Whistleblowers

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The nation’s top tax court recently broadened the definition of “collected proceeds” to include payments of criminal fines and civil forfeitures, which could result in increased awards for tax fraud whistleblowers. This...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 3

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Final and Temporary Dividend Equivalent Regulations Issued – Some Good, Some Bad, And Some Ugly: On September 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final and temporary regulations under Section 871(m),...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

White & Case ECB News – Issue 1, 2015

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How global events shape local labour laws - Giving employers the better deal? The global economic crisis squeezed corporate profits, reduced demand for goods and services and shrank workforces. Now, new labour laws...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

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SEC Awards Another Whistleblowing Compliance Officer - On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award between $1.4 and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided information...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2015

It’s an Absolute Privilege to Meet You! Texas Supreme Court Rules That Internal Investigation Report Provided by Shell Oil to DOJ Enjoys “Absolute Privilege” - Why it matters: On May 15, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court...more

OSHA Issues Revised Whistleblower Investigations Manual

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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

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

The opinion of March 24 from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging...more

New York Times Discusses the Growth of Whistleblower Programs

As federal agencies dole out record-breaking awards to tipsters (such as the SEC’s recent $30 million award), whistleblower programs remain a topic of public interest. Earlier this month, The New York Times published an...more

IRS Scripts a New Tune with Final Whistleblowing Regulations

Section 7623 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), added in 1954, authorizes the Treasury Secretary to pay an award as he deems necessary for “(1) detecting underpayments of tax, or (2) detecting and bringing to trial...more

White Collar Watch - August 2014

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In This Issue: - Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections - Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar - IRS amends...more

"IRS Large Business and International Division Increasingly Looks to Chief Counsel's Office to Advance Initiatives"

The Internal Revenue Service Large Business and International Division (LB&I) administers United States tax law for corporations, partnerships and individuals with assets greater than $10 million. These taxpayers typically...more

Thomson Reuters Session 2: Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now?

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Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak has regularly hosted a roundtable in Pepper’s New York office for private funds and their managers to discuss issues in the investment management world. He has recently started to give a...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five Hot Topics for Financial Services Industry Employers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The economy may be improving, but challenges remain for employers in the financial services industry. From ever-increasing whistleblower claims to new diversity and inclusion regulations and recent IRS determinations...more

Nonprofit Law Revitalization Comes to New York

On December 18, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernizes the New York nonprofit corporation law. The Act overwhelmingly passed both houses of the New York...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - December 2013

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In This Issue: A Decade of Lessons Learned from State Tax False Claims Act Cases; Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims; and Challenging Regulations After Mayo and Home...more

SOX Gone Wild: Misappropriation and Transmission of Confidential Company/Employee Data to the Government Protected under SOX

A whistleblower who took sensitive company data from his employer and turned it over to the IRS has won his retaliation claim at the Department of Labor under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s (“SOX”) whistleblower protection...more

Workplace Policy Institute: Agencies Release Spring 2013 Regulatory Agendas; Final Persuader Rule Expected in November

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Federal agencies have released their spring 2013 regulatory agendas outlining the rules they will likely propose or issue in final form during the next six-month period. While agencies often stray from their stated goals and...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2013

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Our articles this month focus on health care reform. First, Jim Napoli and Brian Neulander comment on the potential for litigation under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) whistleblower protections and ERISA Section 510 as a...more

CMS Proposes to Increase Awards for Non-Qui Tam Whistleblowers

CMS wants to change the way that it rewards non-qui tam whistleblowers who report alleged fraudulent or unlawful conduct related to Medicare or Medicaid. Using an IRS program as a model, CMS recently proposed rule changes to...more

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