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The Potential Declawing of the SEC: The Financial CHOICE Act

The Financial CHOICE Act (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”), which would significantly narrow the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions and make it more challenging for it to prevail in such actions, is inching its way towards...more

SEC Issues Another Whistleblower Bounty Award

On May 2, 2017, the Securities and Exchanges Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of more than $500,000 to an unidentified company employee. According to the SEC, the individual reported information that...more

SEC Announces First Whistleblower Award During Trump Era

On April 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of nearly $4 million, the first bounty award issued during the Trump administration. To maintain the whistleblower’s...more

Cartel crackdown – £100,000 reward for whistleblowers

by Dentons on

The new “Cracking Down on Cartels” campaign is targeting businesses which agree to not compete with each other in order to keep prices high, thereby cheating their customers. The purpose of this is to ensure there is healthy...more

Snitches get……massive cash rewards

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by NAVEX Global on

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

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

by Genova Burns LLC on

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?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Saul Ewing LLP on

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

Ex-GC Awarded $8 Million For Retaliatory Firing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

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

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

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

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

Whistle While You Work: SEC Whistleblower Office Releases Its 2016 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2016. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

Twelve Things to Know About the SEC’s Whistleblower Program

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program, like the whistleblower programs of other government agencies, provides bounties to persons who provide information that leads to successful enforcement actions....more

Outgoing SEC Chair Reflects on the Agency’s Enforcement Program and Advocates for Increased Authority

On November 18, 2016, outgoing SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered a speech at New York University School of Law entitled “A New Model for SEC Enforcement: Producing Bold and Unrelenting Results.”  Chair White’s remarks covered...more

Employers Beware: SEC Continues Offensive on Employment Agreements That Inhibit Whistleblowers

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Risk Alert (literally)! Standard provisions in employment agreements, severance agreements and policies may run afoul of the SEC’s whistleblower regulations. In the wake of several highly publicized enforcement actions by the...more

SEC Hands Out Millions While Leaving The Public In The Dark

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing its decision to award $20 million “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move...more

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