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Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers Oral Argument Recap

As we have previously noted here, in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court will decide how to interpret the term “whistleblower” under the Dodd-Frank Act, and how to apply the term to the Act’s...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 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

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

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

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission entered an order formally appointing its ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. In entering the order the agency moved to end the debate over the application of the clause regarding its ALJs. ...more

Where the Whistle Blows: Justices Express Doubt That Dodd-Frank Protection Shields Internal Whistleblowing

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, it bolstered protections for whistleblowers who report certain kinds of misconduct, such as violations of securities law. At the time, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act already provided...more

Blog: SCOTUS hears oral argument in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust: Dodd-Frank whistleblower statute “says what it says”

by Cooley LLP on

Yesterday, in addition to hearing oral argument regarding state court jurisdiction over ’33 Act class actions (see this PubCo post), SCOTUS also heard oral argument in a second case, Somers v. Digital Realty Trust. This case...more

The Whistle Keeps Blowing: SEC Whistleblower Office Releases Its 2017 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 16, 2017. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

The Arguments in Digital Realty: A Glimpse of Future Battles

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court heard argument in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276. The case centers on the question of who is a whistleblower and entitled to the protections of the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin surged to over $11,000 yesterday before falling 20% later in the day, prompting this look from the Journal at the widespread lure of Bitcoin mania....more

The Supreme Court To Clarify Who Is A Whistleblower Under The Dodd-Frank Act; Employers Have A Reason To Be Hopeful

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers can be cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hold that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protections apply only to those employees who have made a...more

SEC Enforcement Division Releases 2017 Annual Report as Industry Looks Ahead to 2018

by Dechert LLP on

Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin, the new Co-Directors of the U.S. SEC Enforcement Division (“Division”), released a report on November 15, 2017, summarizing the Division’s enforcement activity for the fiscal year ending...more

Is an Internal Whistleblower a “Whistleblower” Entitled to Anti-Retaliation Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act?

Who is a “whistleblower” entitled to protection under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Act”)? In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court will answer that question by...more

Laying Down the Law(son): Jury Returns Defense Verdict in First SOX Whistleblower Case to Reach the U.S. Supreme Court

An individual who convinced a divided U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that Sarbanes-Oxley’s (“SOX”) whistleblower protections extend to the employees of a public company’s contractors and subcontractors has ultimately lost her...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of Uber this weekend, where the company and its board resolved outstanding issues with Travis Kalanick in order to finalize a deal in which a SoftBank-led consortium of investors will buy up about $1 billion of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

S.D. Fla. Refuses To Dismiss SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Southern District of Florida recently denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a former employee’s Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, finding that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that she...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - October 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Important Whistleblower Case - Why it matters: Must an employee “whistleblower” specifically provide information about alleged corporate misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical diagnostic...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical diagnostic...more

Red Notice Newsletter - September 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical...more

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