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NWC weighs in on protecting the rights of attorney-whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
NWC weighs in on protecting the right of attorney-whistleblowersToday, corporations are on the move to conceal waste, fraud, bribery and corruption simply by having managers wear a lawyer hat on top of their management cap.  The battle to protect in-house lawyers from retaliation for blowing the whistle internally or as permitted by federal whistleblower protection laws is of great concern.  Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center submitted a public… Continue Reading

SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal Whistleblowing

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingOn August 4, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an interpretive rule to dispel confusion over whether employees who only report violations to their employer are protected by the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection provision. The SEC will formally publish this interpretative rule in the Federal Register and it will operate as an amendment to the Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules. A… Continue Reading

June 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

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The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

3 Accidental Whistleblowers (Fired for Doing their Jobs Well)

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
3 Accidental WhistleblowersOriginally published at Corporate Compliance Insights on June 3, 2014 by Guest Columnist Donna Boehme.   Recently I’ve had a few epiphanies about corporate whistleblowers (are we ever going to find a better term for this?), and the most striking is this: Many are accidental. My month of whistleblower observations includes (i) a striking column by a former JPMorgan executive, “5 Terrible… Continue Reading

May 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

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SEC third largest whistleblower awardThe SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

Third Largest SEC Whistleblower Award Issued

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC third largest whistleblower awardWashington D.C., July 17, 2015: Today the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it paid a whistleblower award of more than $3 million. The company insider whose information helped the SEC crack a complex fraud, received the third highest award to date under the SEC’s whistleblower program. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center praised the award… Continue Reading

April 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

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SEC third largest whistleblower awardThe SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation
Tell your Senator to pass the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation ActWashington, D.C. June 18, 2015.  Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the Department of Justice related to criminal antitrust violations.   The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 will create for the first time whistleblower protections for employees who report antitrust violations.   Senator Patrick… Continue Reading

Statement Of The National Whistleblower Center On The Role Of Whistleblowers In Disclosing The FIFA Bribery Scandal

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Fifascandal2015Washington, D.C. May 28, 2015. Stephen M. Kohn, the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, issued the following statement today regarding the role of whistleblowers in the FIFA bribery scandal: “Yesterday the world was shocked by well documented revelations of widespread corruption and bribery within FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. According to press accounts, an “insider” within… Continue Reading

April 2015 Whistleblower Awards List

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The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Received $600,000 from SEC

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
whistleblower retaliationOn April 28, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an award to a whistleblower of $600,000. The whistleblower was given the award for providing key original information that led to a successful enforcement action in connection with In the Matter of Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. and Candace King Weir, File No. 3-15930 (June 16, 2014). The whistleblower in this… Continue Reading

SEC Chair Praises Agency’s Whistleblower Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Chair Mary Jo WhiteChicago, IL.  April 30, 2015.  Today SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a major public presentation endorsing the SEC whistleblower program and explaining how whistleblowers now play a central role in protecting U.S. financial markets. Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, made the following statement in regard to Ms. White’s remarks: “Chair White’s endorsement of the… Continue Reading

March 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

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whistleblower retaliationThe SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

3 Nails in the Coffin of ‘Compliance 1.0′

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
2014 was a milestone year for the compliance and ethics fieldOriginally published at Corporate Counsel on March 17, 2015. The bulk of 2014 was a milestone year for the compliance and ethics field, marking the demise of the failed “Compliance 1.0” model (compliance as a captive arm of the legal function) and the rise of “Compliance 2.0” (compliance freed from the legal department and positioned for success). Some big developments—such… Continue Reading

NWC’s Stephen Kohn Honored on Most Influential in Business Ethics List

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Ethics100National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn was named to Ethisphere Magazines 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in its 2014 third quarter issue. Each year, Ethisphere recognizes 100 individuals that have made a material impact in the world of business ethics and compliance through the annual 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics list.  Kohn came in at #… Continue Reading

State Supreme Court Holds Arguments In UBS Whistleblower Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut state Supreme Court heard arguments on March 24, in a whistleblower case brought by a fired UBS worker.  The issue in dispute is whether an employer can discipline its employees for making internal reports about corporate wrongdoing. According to the report, UBS lawyers argued that employers should be able to fire employees who make internal… Continue Reading

SEC Sanctions KBR for Illegal Non-Disclosure Agreement

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
KBRSEC Investigation into overly restrictive non-disclosure agreements was triggered by complaint filed by former KBR Contractor Harry Barko Washington, D.C. , 2015.  April 1, 2015.  Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned defense contractor KBR for requiring its employees to sign restrictive non-disclosure agreements that prohibited employees from properly reporting fraud and misconduct to appropriate regulatory authorities.  A copy… Continue Reading

February 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

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The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

January 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

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The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

The FCA Strongly Encourages Businesses to Maintain Effective Internal Compliance Programs

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
ComplianceProgramThe Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

OSC Proposed Rule For Federal Contractor Employees May Cause Confusion

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Office of Special CounselWashington, D.C. January 22, 2015. Today the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of OSC’s proposed rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal contractors. This rule may… Continue Reading

NWC Issues Statement On Canada’s Offshore Tax Informant Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Canadian-Maple-Leaf-FlagWashington, D.C. January 21, 2015. The National Whistleblower Center issued a statement today highly critical of the Canadian Offshore Tax Informant Program. “Unfortunately it is likely to fail,” stated Stephen M. Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center. National Whistleblower Center’s Statement on Canada’s Offshore Tax Informant Program: … Continue Reading

False Claims Act Used to Enforce Environmental Safety Standards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
dupontThis past Friday the Houston Chronicle published an important article regarding allegations that DuPont let poisonous gas leak continuously from a plant near New Orleans for three years. The article, “Whistleblower case raises more safety concerns about DuPont,” details a novel approach to enforce environmental standards using the False Claims Act (FCA). The plaintiff in U.S. ex rel Simoneaux v. E.I.… Continue Reading

Department of Labor to Hold Oral Arguments on Key Corporate Whistleblower Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, News
E._Barrett_Prettyman_Federal_Courthouse,_DCThe Department’s Top Judges will Decide the “Burden of Proof” Whistleblower Must Meet to Prevail in Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Cases The Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) will hold oral arguments in the case of Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034 on Wednesday, January 14 at 2pm.  This case will decide the burden of… Continue Reading