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KBR’s Confidentiality Agreements Draw Congressional Scrutiny

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. John F. Tierney, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter to the CEO of KBR, one of the nation’s largest government contractors, requesting documents relating to the company’s treatment of potential whistleblowers seeking to report wrongdoing at the company. The … Continue Reading

Washington Post Reports: SEC Investigating KBR

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
According to a March 11 report by The Washington Post, the Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into Halliburton’s former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). KBR is the largest American contractor operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, responsible for $40 billion worth of federal work. The Washington Post reports that the SEC is looking into the claims that KBR … Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List Updated

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

Big Win for Corporate Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SOX whistleblower protection covers mutual fund industry Washington, D.C. March 4, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, that contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies are fully protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for corporate whistleblowers. Significantly, in today’s decision the Supreme Court explicitly held that investment advisors and other “independent contractors” employed in the mutual … Continue Reading

SEC Backs Whistleblowers in Key Court Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Washington, D.C. Feburary 20, 2014. Today the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an extensive brief and position statement before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the court to fully protect whistleblowers who make internal disclosures exposing fraud against investors and other violations of securities laws.  Linked here are a copy of the SEC’s brief and a copy of … Continue Reading

2012′s 10 Big Moments for Chief Compliance Officers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
As companies head into 2013 facing yet another year of increasing and complex compliance and ethics challenges, here's a threshold question for the Board of Directors: Does your chief compliance officer have the empowerment, independence, seat at the table, line of sight, and resources to do the job? Following is a "boardworthy" sample of big developments from 2012 that should give some boards and C-suites (and you know who you are) pause… Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn and Richard Angino argue Wiest case before Third Circuit

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Tax Whistleblowers
On October 5, 2012, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals conducted oral arguments in Wiest v. Lynch, a case that tests the scope of protection for whistleblowers under the 2002 Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, attorney Richard Angino argued the case for Jeffrey Wiest.  He generously shared his time with attorney Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the … Continue Reading