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In the First Application of the Whistleblower “Safe Harbor” Rule, SEC Awards More Than $2.2 Million to Whistleblower Who First...

On April 5, 2018, the SEC announced an award of more than $2.2 million to a former company insider who voluntarily provided critical information to another federal agency before reporting it to the SEC, and whose report led...more

Alere Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $33 Million

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The United States Department of Justice announced in a press release that Alere Inc. and its subsidiary, Alere San Diego, reached a settlement agreement with the United States government for $33.2 million over allegations...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. Recent developments include: Only...more

SEC, Under New Safe Harbor, Awards More Than $2.2 Million To Whistleblower Who First Reported To Another Federal Agency

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On April 5, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a whistleblower award of more than $2.2 million in connection with a report of misconduct. The whistleblower, a former company insider, first reported...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 379, Steve Durham on $83MM SEC Whistleblower Award

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In March the SEC made its biggest-ever whistleblower award. It gave one person more than $33 million and in the same case split nearly $50 million between two others. The previous high for an SEC award to a single...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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One firm and three of its officers were named as defendants in a Commission enforcement action that could have been cloned from earlier remarks of Chairman Clayton about cryptocurrency. In one speech the Chairman decried...more

IRS Withdraws D.C. Circuit Appeal of Tax Whistleblower Victory on Scope of Recoverable Awards – But Have Whistleblowers Won the...

The IRS recently withdrew its appeal of a 2016 Tax Court ruling, Whistleblower 21276-13W v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. 4 (2016), which held that a husband-and-wife team of tax whistleblowers were entitled to recover a share of...more

SEC Pays Out More Than $83 Million in Largest Ever Whistleblower Awards

In what should serve as a cautionary tale for public companies, on March 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its largest ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards – totaling more than $83 million in...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms $1.6 million Whistleblower Award

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According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, damages in a whistleblower suit aren’t limited to wage loss. The court last week ruled that the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law permits an award of non-economic damages for items...more

DC Circuit Upholds SEC’s Denial of Dodd-Frank Bounty Award

On March 20, 2018, the DC Circuit upheld the SEC’s denial of a Claimant’s application for a Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty award because the SEC did not rely on the information provided by the Claimant in pursuing an...more

Record-Breaking Whistleblowing Awards Continue Incentives To Report Misconduct To The SEC

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On March 19, 2018, the SEC announced three multi-million dollar awards to whistleblowers in connection with reports of misconduct. SEC Press Release, SEC Announces Its Largest-Ever Whistleblower Awards, No. 2018-44 (Mar. 19,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Journal’s weekend report on Facebook’s role in the unauthorized use of data from 50 million users wreaked havoc on the ‘Book’s stock yesterday, with losses spreading across the tech sector (and fellow its FANGers in...more

Tennessee Company Skirts Customs Obligations, Pays $500,000 FCA Penalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance - - Company made false statements related to import duty charges - Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor - Trump Administration likely to impose...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. Recent developments...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

Portland Jury Awards $1 Million to Whistleblower

On January 17, 2018, a Portland, Oregon jury issued a verdict of $1 million in damages to a former employee who alleged that his employer retaliated against him for reporting misconduct. Zweizig v. Northwest Direct...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume IV, December 2017

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EXPECTFOCUS is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Newsletter...more

SEC Whistleblower Awards to Insurance Department Employees?

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Many federal, state, and local governmental employees may be eligible for awards pursuant to the SEC’s whistleblower program under the Dodd-Frank Act. If a report to the SEC leads to an enforcement action that results in...more

Rewarding Those Who Speak Up – Money or Thanks?

There is much debate about rewarding those who speak up. Monetary rewards may be a distraction as the majority of those who raise concerns are not motivated by financial gain. Despite perceived risks to jobs and careers,...more

How the Trump Administration May Affect the Legal Landscape

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President Trump campaigned on reversing many Obama-era policies, and he is making good on his promises. The uncertainty of which major regulatory changes are in the pipeline is certainly keeping the legal community on its...more

Large Whistleblower Award to Non U.S. Person- Lessons for Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

On December 5, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) awarded more than $4.1 million to a whistleblower for alerting the SEC to a multi-year securities fraud engaged in by his employer. The award is significant...more

SEC Announces More than $20 Million in Whistleblower Awards

by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner on

In the course of one week, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced awards to three whistleblowers totaling more than $20 million under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. On November 30, the SEC...more

SEC Issues $4.1 Million Award to Overseas Whistleblower

On December 5, 2017, the SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $4.1 million to an overseas former company insider. The SEC declined to disclose the identity of the whistleblower or the company at issue...more

SEC Awards Over $16 Million to Two Whistleblowers

On November 30, 2017, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower issued a bounty award of more than $16 million to two tipsters; each received an award of more than $8 million. The SEC denied awards to five other claimants....more

SEC Announces Three Whistleblower Awards, Totaling More Than $20 Million, In Single Week

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of more than $4.1 million to an individual who alerted the agency to a widespread, multi-year securities law violation and continued to provide important...more

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