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SEC Whistleblower Program Continues to Surge

The SEC’s whistleblower program is now entering its seventh year. The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower’s November 15, 2017 annual report to Congress underscores that the agency’s whistleblower program continues to grow and remains an important part of the agency’s enforcement efforts. The number of whistleblower reports submitted to the agency once again increased in … Continue Reading

The SEC Wants You to Know that It Intends to Protect Whistleblowers’ Rights

The SEC has long made it clear that it intends to protect whistleblowers and to suppress activities it believes will have the effect of discouraging whistleblower activity. The agency recently launched enforcement actions against companies that had incorporated various waivers in employee severance agreements that discouraged employees from reporting possible securities law violations to the … Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblowing Program: The Agency Means Business

The SEC wants you to know that it means business about its whistleblowing program. On April 1, 2015, in the latest in a series of steps to protect and encourage whistleblowers, the agency entered an order in an enforcement action against KBR saying that the company’s confidentiality requirements for internal investigation witnesses violated the agency’s … Continue Reading

SEC Announces Largest Yet Whistleblower Bounty Award of Over $30 Million

In what is by far the largest whistleblower bounty award yet under the Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower provisions, the SEC on September 22, 2014 announced an award of between $30 and $35 million to a whistleblower who provided original information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. In the SEC’s Order providing for the award (here), … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Bounties: A Good Idea? UK Regulators Say No

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act four years ago, one of the legislation’s signature features was the creation of potentially massive bounties for whistleblowers that reported financial fraud to the SEC. The possibility of recovering a bounty, which could range from ten to thirty percent of recoveries over $1 million, seems to have encouraged whistleblowers … Continue Reading

Will Obstacles Deter the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program?

Whistleblower information may be one of the SEC’s “most effective weapons in its new enforcement arsenal,” but the agency’s whistleblower program “faces challenges on many fronts,” according to an April 23, 2013 New York Times Dealbook article entitled “Hazy Future for Thriving S.E.C. Whistle-Blower Effort” (here). As evidence of the whistleblower program’s promise that article … Continue Reading

SEC Releases Initial Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

Even thought the SEC’s final regulations for the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program just became effective on August 12, 2011, the agency has already filed its first report on the whistleblower program. Under Section 924(d) of the Dodd Frank Act, the SEC must report annually to Congress on its activities, whistleblower complaints and the agency’s response to … Continue Reading

The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions: Some Other Things to Worry About

Among the many innovations introduced in the massive Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted this past July are the new whistleblower provisions, designed to encourage employees and others to report securities law violations to the SEC. The bounty award provided for in the whistleblower provisions seem likely to encourage fraud reporting, but … Continue Reading
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