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9th Cir. widens circuit split over Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections

9th Cir. widens circuit split over Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections

A recent decision from the 9th Circuit has served to widen the circuit split over whether Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections should protect internal whistleblowers.  In early March, a split 9th Circuit panel found in favor of extending Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections to…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Retaliation, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection

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$20M award adds to historic SEC total

$20M award adds to historic SEC total

Earlier this week, the SEC announced a more than $20 million whistleblower award “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could…
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Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award

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SOX and “reasonable beliefs”

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In a recent decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, future potential whistleblowers alleging retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) may have found an easier path to proceed with their claims.  The Eighth Circuit’s opinion in Beacom v….
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, workplace retaliation

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SEC whistleblower awards trending up

SEC whistleblower awards

In May 2016 alone, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) paid approximately $10 million in whistleblower awards.  These frequent and ever-increasing awards should serve as a stern notice to in-house counsel and compliance personnel alike that SEC whistleblower awards may…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

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CFTC pays whistleblower $10 million

CFTC Whistleblower Program

Until recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program had only paid out two whistleblower awards, totaling $530,000 ($290,000 and $240,000, respectively), over the entire life of the program.  However, that changed significantly when the CFTC announced…
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CFTC Whistleblower Program, Dodd-Frank Act, IRS, IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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Tax Whistleblower Program in Need of Improvements

Tax Whistleblower Program

Whistleblower awards for those reporting an employer’s underpayments to the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) Tax Whistleblower Program can be quite significant.  In fact, one tax whistleblower received a $104 million award from the IRS in 2012 for disclosing Swiss tax…
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IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, Tax Fraud

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Ninja Turtles tax fraud plan alleged by Ex-Viacom VP in whistleblower suit

Ninja Turtles tax fraud plan

As initially reported by Reuters, a former vice president of Viacom, Inc. has sued the media giant claiming that she was fired in retaliation for her opposition to Viacom’s alleged Ninja Turtles tax fraud plan, which involved illegally avoiding paying…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, Tax Fraud, Whistleblower, workplace retaliation

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Internal whistleblowers protected under Dodd-Frank; 2nd Circuit holds

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in, Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, held that the Dodd-Frank Act provides protection for internal whistleblowers.  According to the Second Circuit, Dodd-Frank does not require individuals who suspect wrongdoing to report their suspicions directly to the…
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Dodd-Frank Act

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