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SEC doles out first award during Trump era; but is whistleblower program in trouble

SEC doles out first award during Trump era; but is whistleblower program in trouble

SEC doles out first award during Trump era; but is whistleblower program in trouble

In late April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its first whistleblower award during the Trump administration, awarding almost $4 million to an individual that the SEC said provided the agency with original information that led to the successful…
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Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award

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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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When disclosing a sealed complaint goes right

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed a victory to qui tam plaintiffs everywhere when it handed down its unanimous opinion in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby et al.  At issue in Rigsby was…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Whistleblower

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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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Martha Ellis sues city, mayor, and top brass

Martha Ellis sues city, mayor, and top brass

Martha Ellis, the first female battalion fire chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department (“SLCFD”), recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Salt Lake City, after submitting a notice of claim to the city in June of this year.  Ellis,…
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Payroll Fraud, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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SEC settles first stand-alone retaliation enforcement action

SEC settles first stand-alone retaliation enforcement action

Late in September, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower brought its second stand-alone whistleblower retaliation enforcement action against International Game Technology (“IGT”) over allegations that the company fired “an employee with several years of positive performance reviews because [the employee]…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Retaliation, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, workplace retaliation