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October 23, 2015
SEC Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement Results: Innovative Actions to Fight Corruption
Labaton Sucharow
The SEC just released its fiscal year 2015 results, which highlight the Commission’s stalwart determination to protect investors, hold companies and executives responsible for misconduct, and demand integrity in our financial markets. The SEC’s enforcement approach brought an amazing breadth and depth of cases spanning the entire securities industry. The Commission filed 807 enforcement actions, a...
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October 20, 2015
The Truth About Corporate Whistleblowers
Labaton Sucharow
Disgruntled employees out for revenge. Rats. Opportunists. We’ve all heard the derogatory terms aimed at whistleblowers. And there’s a cruel irony at the core of the name-calling: since whistleblowers often operate quietly or anonymously, they are unable to correct the many common misconceptions about their character and motives. In the aftermath of the financial crisis,...
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September 22, 2015
Whistleblowers Coming Forward in Huge Numbers: Boston SEC Reports Flood of Tips
Labaton Sucharow
In highly encouraging news for investors and market integrity, the SEC’s Boston regional director, Paul Levinson, recently told Law360 that the agency’s Whistleblower Program is yielding a “steady fire hose” of fraud tips and having a remarkable effect on the culture of the financial services industry in New England. The Boston area’s success is just the latest...
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September 21, 2015
New Justice Department Policy Targets Wall Street Fraudsters
Labaton Sucharow
Following criticism and public concern over the lack of prosecutions against individuals involved in the financial crisis, the Department of Justice recently released guidance that underscores a renewed effort to charge individuals in corporate wrongdoing. The memo, which sets forth best practices for federal prosecutors, makes clear that a company should be considered cooperative in an investigation...
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September 11, 2015
Another Victory for Whistleblowers: Federal Appeals Court Rules that Internal Reporting Triggers Protetions
Labaton Sucharow
In another significant victory for the SEC and for whistleblowers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a lower court and ruled that whistleblowers who report potential wrongdoing to their company prior to reporting to the SEC are entitled to the robust employment protections established under Dodd-Frank. As we discussed in an earlier post, the...
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August 19, 2015
SEC Stakes Ground: Internal Reporting Triggers Whistleblower Protections
Labaton Sucharow
In addition to the case we described in an earlier post, in which the Commission filed an amicus brief on behalf of an internal whistleblower, in a significant move to protect whistleblowers at large, this month the SEC issued interpretive guidance to clarify that Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provisions apply equally to those whistleblowers who report potential violations internally. The SEC’s...
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August 14, 2015
SEC Sides With Corporate Whistleblower on Key Issue of Protection
Labaton Sucharow
In an important case for whistleblower advocacy, last week, the SEC filed an amicus brief in California federal court contending that employees need not report misconduct directly to the government to qualify for whistleblower protection under Dodd-Frank. The underlying case involves a lawsuit filed by the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Technologies Inc. who claimed...
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May 19, 2015
Historic Survey Sounds the Alarm: We’re Losing the Ethical Battle, Wall Street
Labaton Sucharow
Together with the University of Notre Dame, today we released the findings of a collaborative and historic survey of financial services professionals across the U.S. and UK. The Street, The Bull and The Crisis is the most expansive analysis of its kind, probing the ethical views of a broad spectrum of the industry, from young professionals to...
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May 2, 2015
An Untenable Silence: Confidentiality Agreements Examined & Exposed
Labaton Sucharow
Yesterday, the SEC announced a landmark enforcement action against engineering giant KBR for its use of confidentiality agreements that required individuals to obtain prior approval from the company’s legal department before discussing matters with outside parties…or face discipline and possible termination. This action sends a powerful message to companies that have sought to silence whistleblowers. Indeed,...
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January 5, 2015
How to Respond to Whistleblowers
Hedge Fund Intelligence
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December 3, 2014
Whistleblowing on Wall Street: The Untapped Jackpot
CNBC
Seems like everywhere you turn these days, there’s a whistleblower breaking their silence and blowing the whistle on some form of wrongdoing. But, surprisingly, what we don’t hear much about are Wall Street whistleblowers tapping into a giant $425 million jackpot just waiting to be distributed.
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November 25, 2014
Voices: Jordan Thomas, on Advisers’ Whistleblowing Rights
The Wall Street Journal
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December 2, 2019
Understanding the Factors that Determine an SEC Whistleblower Award: Opportunities & Outcomes
Jordan A. Thomas As the SEC Whistleblower Program grows in awareness ($387 million in awards to date is pretty good advertising) more and more individuals explore the investor protection initiative that provides eligible whistleblowers monetary incentives and employment protections with the comfort of anonymous reporting. The program has been such an unmitigated success that between...
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July 23, 2019
SEC Whistleblower Program Surpasses $2 Billion in Monetary Sanctions With Latest Whistleblower Award
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded a half-million dollars “to an overseas whistleblower whose expeditious reporting helped the Commission bring a successful enforcement action.” The Commission’s press release further reports that, with this and other recent enforcement actions brought as a result of tips from SEC whistleblowers, the SEC Whistleblower Program has yielded more than $2...
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July 24, 2018
Private: Dashboard: Fast Facts from the ECI’s 2018 State of Ethics & Compliance in the Workplace
Corporate Whistleblower Watch
47% of employees said that within the last 12 months they observed conduct that either violated organizational standards or the law. 69% of employees reported the misconduct that they observed. 44% of employees who reported misconduct experienced retaliation, double the figure in 2013. 16% of employees experienced pressure to compromise standards 40% of employees believed...
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