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February 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers
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

December 2014 SEC Whistleblower Award 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

GM’s DIY Compliance: #WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Photo: BriYYZ, via Wikimedia CommonsOriginally published at Corporate Counsel on October 16, 2014. What would it look like if the human resources team woke up one day and suddenly decided it was going to take over the job of the internal audit function? Would managers somehow be asked to incorporate audit activities into their performance reviews? Would audit become 90 percent training? And more importantly, would… Continue Reading

NWC Joins Amicus in SOX Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center joined other groups in filing an amici curiae brief with the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) in Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034.  Joining the NWC as amici are the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Truckers Justice Center and Teamsters for a Democratic Union. The ARB called for amici… Continue Reading

Foreign Nationals File Whistleblower Rewards Claims in United States

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers, International
Major Breakthrough in Worldwide Protection for Whistleblowers Washington, D.C. December 9, 2014.  Today, as part of the U.N. sponsored International Anti-Corruption Day, the National Whistleblower Center issued a report, The Importance of Whistleblower Rewards in Combating International Corruption, endorsing whistleblower reward laws.  The Center is calling on government’s around the world to enact whistleblower laws and to model these laws on… Continue Reading

NYT: Tattletales Embraced as Whistle-Blower Programs Gain Support

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Yesterday The New York Times ran a nice article on the growing support for whistleblower programs as a means to ensure corporate accountability.  Below is an excerpt and a link: “The embrace of whistle-blowers is not limited to false claims. The I.R.S. has ramped up its program on tax cheats, and awarded one of the biggest whistle-blower payouts of $104… Continue Reading

November 2014 SEC Whistleblower Award 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

SEC Whistleblower program has historic year

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
On November 17, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower released its 2014 Annual Report to Congress. According to the report, 2014 was a historic year for the SEC Whistleblower program in terms of both the number and dollar amount of whistleblower awards. The SEC issued whistleblower awards to more individuals in 2014 than in all… Continue Reading

Recent SEC Whistleblower Awards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Compliance Professional Awarded $300,000 by SEC Whistleblower Came to SEC After Reporting Fraud Internally and Company Failed to Take Action On August 29, 2014, The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a whistleblower award of more than $300,000 to a company employee who performed audit and compliance functions and reported wrongdoing to the SEC after the company failed to take action… Continue Reading

Understanding the Risks of Whistleblowing

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
In an article on the legal news website, Lawyers and Settlements, Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, explains that statistics reveal that most employees “who witness fraud or and violations of the law and don’t report it.”  In the article entitled Before You Blow the Whistle—Read This, Kohn explains the importance of consulting an attorney well versed in whistleblower law… Continue Reading

Full Court Review Requested in KBR Contracting Fraud Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Whistleblower Seeks Release of Documents that Demonstrated Contracting Fraud during the War in Iraq Washington, D.C. July 28, 2014. Today, Mr. Harry Barko, a whistleblower who alleged that defense contractor KBR had engaged in widespread fraud during the War in Iraq, requested the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a major… Continue Reading

Fourth Anniversary of Dodd-Frank Finds Financial Reform Under Attack From Corporate America

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Today, July 21, 2014, is the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act — the most significant financial reform law enacted since the Great Depression to combat Wall Street and financial fraud.  However, the law is under attack from Wall Street and Corporate America, and its most important provisions are in danger. Dodd-Frank was passed in 2010 in… Continue Reading

Updated SEC Whistleblower Awards List, July 2014

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
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

We Must Stop Illegal Gag Orders

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The post below was co-authored by Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn David K. Colapinto, partners of the law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP.  One of the most destructive tools used to silence whistleblowers are non-disclosure agreements (often found in employment contracts and severance agreements) which prohibit employees from disclosing fraud and other crimes to law enforcement agencies.  Today’s Washington Post story… Continue Reading

Three Judge Panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Shields Evidence of KBR Contracting Fraud In Iraq War Under Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News, Uncategorized
Washington, D.C.  June 27, 2014. Today the D.C. Circuit court issued a decision in the case of In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., finding certain reports produced during internal corporate investigations were covered under the attorney-client privilege even though the documents show employees believed there was contracting fraud taking place during the Iraq War.  The Court granted a… Continue Reading

SEC Settles First Case Under New Authority to Bring Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Actions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced its first settlement of a Whistleblower Retaliation case under the new anti-retaliation authority granted by the 2010 financial overhaul law. A Commission rule was adopted in 2011 under the Dodd-Frank Act authorized the SEC to bring enforcement actions based on retaliation against whistleblowers who report potential securities law violations to the agency.   In this… Continue Reading

June 2014 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
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