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Senator Grassley Announces the Creation of a Congressional Whistleblower Caucus

Last week, we provided an update on Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) efforts to strengthen the IRS Whistleblower Program and expedite the processing of IRS Whistleblower claims. Now, Senator Grassley – a longtime advocate for...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

The Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program Breaks Out with a $14 Million Award

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a $14 million award to a whistleblower whose tip led to an enforcement action. The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, gave original information to the SEC that enabled...more

Illinois Whistleblower Awarded $3 Million Following Jury Trial

In what appears to be an alarming trend for employers, the Chicago Tribune recently reported that a former Chicago State University employee was awarded $3 million after a Cook County, Illinois jury found that the University...more

California Jury Awards $6 Million in Sarbanes-Oxley Act Whistleblower Lawsuit

A California jury recently awarded Catherine Zulfer, a former accounting executive at Playboy Enterprises, $6 million after finding that Playboy violated the whistle-blower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)...more

Story Behind $14M Whistleblower Bounty Award Begins To Surface

On November 19, 2013, we reported on a record-breaking $14 million whistleblower bounty payout by the SEC. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal reported that this award arose from an alleged “Chicago-based scheme to defraud...more

Whistleblowers Are Being Locked Out of the IRS

Except for the booming payout of $104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, most of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program's claims have not elicited any rewards. Senate Finance...more

For Whom The Whistle Tolls In 2014

Momentum for the SEC’s Dodd Frank whistleblower program is growing, and 2014 can be expected to bring continued expansion of the program and the number and types of whistleblower actions initiated by the SEC. The SEC’s...more

False Claims Act Whistleblower Bounties Exceed $345 Million in Fiscal Year 2013

The DOJ has released its Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013 totals for civil settlements and judgments recovered under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). To say that the Department had a successful year in prosecuting fraud against...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 1 • January 2014 (Global)

Invariably, the end of a calendar year brings “year-in-review” retrospectives on topics both major and mundane. Similarly, the start of a new calendar year is always accompanied by predictions and forecasts for the ensuing 12...more

SEC Order Denying Whistleblower Claim Confirms Prospective Coverage and Limited Discovery in Dodd-Frank Bounty Proceedings

In a recent order denying a whistleblower’s award claim,1 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission upheld the prospective application and discovery limitations of two of its rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Is the Office of the Whistleblower Living up to its Hype?

2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program - Back when the Dodd-Frank Act first proposed the creation of the Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) a hue and cry went up from chief compliance...more

Record-breaking $14m Payout Highlight of SEC’s Annual Report

On November 15, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) released its third Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program to Congress, which details information on OWB’s...more

Moving Right Along: The Office of Whistleblower Issues Its 2013 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2013. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

OSHA Issues Another $1 Million+ Whistleblower Award, Along With Reinstatement

On November 13, 2013, OSHA issued a press release stating that it ordered Gaines Motor Lines (the “Company”) to pay a total of $1,070,123 four whistleblowers, along with reinstatement. The press release indicates that...more

Moving Right Along: The Office Of Whistleblower Issues Its 2013 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2013. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business...

On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited (“Infosys”), an Indian IT company, signed a settlement agreement with the United States in the Eastern District of Texas to resolve allegations that Infosys knowingly presented to...more

SEC Issues Latest Whistleblower Award for $150K

On October 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an award of nearly $150,000 to an unnamed whistleblower whose tips helped the agency stop a scheme that was defrauding investors. The tips provided by the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 20 • November 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Clients and prospective clients often will ask us a series of questions: “Does my proposed activity violate a specific law or regulation?” “If so, what are the potential consequences to me of...more

Another Whistleblower Bounty From The SEC

On October 30, 2013, the SEC announced that it rendered a $150K award to an anonymous whistleblower whose tips allegedly helped thwart a scheme to defraud investors. The bounty equals 30% of the proceeds the SEC collected in...more

New York County Lawyers’ Association Issues Ethics Opinion Restricting Attorneys From Claiming Dodd-Frank Bounties

One of the more well-publicized parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) is a whistleblower program that provides bounty payments to individuals who voluntarily provide...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- October 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the indictment of former ICAP employees for rate fixing of the yen Libor; a new lawsuit filed against global banks for their involvement in Libor manipulation schemes; a...more

Infosys Settles Visa Claim for $34 Million

Indian tech giant Infosys has reached a $34 million civil settlement with the US government for allegedly misusing the US visa system. The company was accused of obtaining business visitor, B-1, visas instead of H-1B work...more

Taking It To A New Level — SEC Awards Whistleblower Unprecedented $14 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded more than $14 million to a whistleblower earlier this month. The information led to an enforcement action that recovered substantial investor funds. It is the largest award...more

SEC’s Whistleblower Program Is Waiting to Blow a Big Payout

Stephen Cohen, associate director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower, spent the early part of the summer blowing his commission's whistle and promising big awards on the horizon....more

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