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OIG Report Praises SEC Whistleblower Program

The internal watchdog for federal government agencies, including the SEC, is the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”), which conducts audits and investigations of the SEC to “promote integrity, economy, efficiency, and...more

Ag-gag v. Whistleblowing

On February 8, 2013, Amy Meyer went to the Dale Smith Meatpacking Company in Draper City, Utah to see where her meat comes from. She peeked through the barbed wire fence and saw a sick cow being treated like rubble. She...more

The SEC’s Whistleblower Program: 2013 Results and What to Expect in 2014

The SEC’s 2013 Whistleblower Report to Congress reported an 8% increase in tips and whistleblower awards over the previous year, as well as the program’s largest single award to date. In recent public statements,...more

Ethics and Compliance WIND - April 2014

Ethics and Compliance WIND is your Weekly Industry News Digest for all things compliance. We bring you the latest industry news, so you spend more time staying up-to-date and less time searching....more

Capital Wrap-Up April 2014 #1

In response to the recommendations made by the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection, six child protection bills made it to the Governor’s desk this week. Two of those bills have been signed....more

Senator Grassley Urges IRS to Strengthen Whistleblower Program

Both in our practice and on our blog, we typically focus on the SEC Whistleblower Program, which seeks actionable intelligence about possible violations of the federal securities laws. But, the SEC Whistleblower Program is...more

ATF Special Agent’s Whistleblowing Creates a First Amendment Showdown

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special Agent John Dodson is bringing together strange bedfellows — liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and conservatives in Congress....more

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

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

CMS Releases Medicare Part B Supplier Billing and Payment Data

Potential for Increase in Whistleblower Litigation - On April 8, 2014, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released, with tremendous fanfare, hundreds of thousands of points of billing data regarding...more

SEC Announces Additional Payout to Whistleblower

The SEC announced on Friday that it made an additional payout of $150,000 to the recipient of the first monetary award under the SEC Whistleblower Program, after successfully collecting more sanctions from one of the...more

Quarterly Whistleblower Award Update

The SEC recently announced that it has denied whistleblower claims in connection with three different matters and awarded an additional $150,000 to the inaugural recipient of an award under the SEC’s whistleblower...more

First-Ever SEC Bounty Winner Receives Additional Payout

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower recently announced that the first-ever whistleblower award under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program will be increased by $150,000 based on additional assets the SEC collected from one the...more

Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Employee Whistleblower Rule Under the Consumer Financial Protection Act

On April 4, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interim Final Rule establishing procedures concerning the manner in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will address employee whistleblower...more

Was Richard Bowen’s Whistle Stuffed?

Five years have passed since Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy. Richard M. Bowen III, a former Citigroup executive who blew the whistle on their bad business practices, provided 1000 pages of documents to the Securities and...more

Rising Scrutiny of Kwashiorkor Claims Places Hospitals at Risk

Whistleblower lawsuits against health care providers have nearly doubled in the past five years, and have resulted in massive awards. According to the Department of Justice, the government recovered $4.3 billion from health...more

SEC Officials Provide Promising Reports on the SEC Whistleblower Program

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by clients, other lawyers and friends is “what’s happening inside the SEC with respect to the whistleblower program?” Recently, several top SEC officials have provided insight...more

SCOTUS Ruling Increases Private Company Risk – Imminent Need for Business Ethics Training

In an important ruling on March 4, the Supreme Court expanded the whistleblower protections outlined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Originally only applied to whistleblowers at public companies, the Justices decided in a...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

The Issue: My company is not publicly traded, but provides services to companies that are. Do Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections extend to our employees? The Solution: Yes. ...more

Senator Delivers Poor Grades to Executive Departments on Whistleblower Protections

A memorandum released yesterday by Senator Charles E. Grassley highlights allegations that 14 of the 15 executive branch departments are in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)....more

Whistleblowing in Afghanistan Allegedly Elicits Retaliatory Response

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in September 2013 that Mike Elder proffered sufficient evidence to continue with his False Claims Act action against DRS Technologies, Inc. (DRS)....more

Business News Digest – April 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well - A SOX in the Gut: Supreme Court Vastly Expands Workplace "Whistleblower" Law - SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment...more

SEC Whistleblower Program Gets Blowing

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced August 20, 2013 that it awarded more than $25,000 in total to three whistleblowers. The SEC reports that this payment was the first installment in a series that is...more

High-Frequency Trading: Whistleblower Aids SEC And FBI Investigations

The buzz on Wall Street this week has been all about high-frequency trading and Michael Lewis’ new book on the topic, Flash Boys. As Lewis explains, high-frequency trading typically works by exploiting a powerful combination...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

In a ground-breaking decision, on March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 571 U.S. __ Case 12-3 (Mar. 4, 2014), that §1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides a right of action for...more

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