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The Isolation is Just Momentous When You’ve Spoken Truth to Power

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Events
Sherron Watkins, Enron WhistleblowerThe 2002 Enron scandal drew global attention and Sherron Watkins became forever known as the Enron whistleblower. Speaking at National Whistleblower Day earlier this year, she praised the crucial role whistleblowers play in demanding transparency and accountability from our corporations and government, and recognized the incredible progress made in whistleblower protections since the collapse of Enron.… Continue Reading

Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
U.S. Supreme CourtThe fate of corporate whistleblowers and compliance programs is on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the case of Digital Realty Trust V. Somers. At issue in this case is whether whistleblowers who report potential violations within their organizations, as opposed to reporting directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA).… Continue Reading

Thousands of Whistleblower Cases in Jeopardy

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
This term the U.S. Supreme Court will decide Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (Digital), one of the most important whistleblower cases to come before the Court in 20-years.   The Chamber of Commerce and its Wall Street allies want to strip all employees who report securities frauds internally to their compliance departments or managers from protection under the Dodd-Frank Act’s (DFA)… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Corporate whistleblower protection “undermined” if internal complaints not protected. Washington, D.C. June 26, 2017.  The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, Paul.  The Court will decide the issue of whether internal reports to managers are covered under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation law.… Continue Reading

New Legislation to Improve IRS Whistleblower Protections

Posted in Tax Justice for Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Sen GrassleySen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced critically needed legislation to protect tax fraud whistleblowers from workplace retaliation. The National Whistleblower Center strongly believes that this legislation is crucial to effectively prevent honest employees from having their careers destroyed, simply for doing the right thing.… Continue Reading

SEC: Incentives for Whistleblowers Best Way to Uncover Securities Law Violations

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International
Washington, DC, November 16, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program had its most successful year to date in 2016. The agency, which issued its annual report to Congress today, reports it issued awards totaling over $57 million in 2016—higher than all award amounts issued in previous years combined. The Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) received over 4,200… Continue Reading

New Chief of SEC Whistleblower Office Named

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Jane Norberg will now head its whistleblower office.  The SEC Office of the Whistleblower reviews whistleblower tips, evaluates whistleblower award claims, and makes recommendations on whether claimants should receive an award for their information. Ms. Norberg has served as acting chief since the departure of Sean McKessy in July.… Continue Reading

Sean McKessy, Chief of SEC’s Whistleblower Office, Leaving Agency Later This Month

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingWashington, D.C., July 8, 2016. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, would leave the agency in July. Mr. McKessy was the first head of the SEC’s whistleblower program and helped to establish the important and effective whistleblower office.… Continue Reading

The Securities and Exchange Commission Confirms Critical Role Whistleblowers Play in Holding Fraudsters Accountable

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingThe head of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, reported on Friday that the increased number of rewards paid out to whistleblowers “reflects the high-quality nature of the tips the SEC is receiving as public awareness of the whistleblower program grows.”  To date, the SEC has awarded 31 separate awards totaling $68 million to whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

Obama Strengthens Key Corporate Whistleblower Protections

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
“Defend Trade Secrets Act” Signed into Law Washington, D.C. May 11, 2016. Today, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which includes major whistleblower reforms. The Act contains strong and much needed protections for corporate whistleblowers, establishing immunity for employees who disclose trade secrets to the government as part of a whistleblower case. The Act sets forth… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Hearing a Success

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the False Claims Act,”Yesterday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the False Claims Act,” in which corporate lobbyists organized by the Chamber of Commerce worked to advance their agenda to cripple the False Claims Act.… Continue Reading

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

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

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
National 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

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

Posted in Claim SEC Award
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

False Claims Act Used to Enforce Environmental Safety Standards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
This 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

Laws Already Exist That Require Government Contractors to Operate Effective Internal Compliance Programs

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The 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