The 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 Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court

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) whistleblower law.
Continue Reading Thousands of Whistleblower Cases in Jeopardy

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

Later this week, the House of Representatives is set to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R – TX), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, designed and championed this bill. The CHOICE Act will repeal major parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act, and deregulate U.S. financial markets. The bill also advances a toxic anti-whistleblower policy (Section 828), which would undermine the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) highly successful whistleblower program—incapacitating the most effective tool to rein in misconduct and criminal activity on Wall Street.

Continue Reading NWC Leads Opposition to Anti-Whistleblower Financial CHOICE Act

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) intensified its campaign to save the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The NWC’s action alert members have sent over 31,000 messages to Congress as of 3 pm (EST) today. If you have not yet acted, do so now!
Continue Reading NWC Intensifies Campaign to Protect Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers

Today, National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen Kohn submitted testimony to the House Financial Services Committee in defense of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program—a highly successful program that has protected investors and recovered $1 billion from Wall Street fraudsters since its inception.

Section 823 of the draft Financial Choice Act of 2017 directly, and negatively, impacts the whistleblower protections afforded under the Securities and Exchange Act (“SEA”).  While it purports to exclude opportunistic individuals from the SEA’s reward provisions if they are “culpable” for the violation for which they are reporting, this amendment is not needed and would undermine the SEA’s highly successful whistleblower law.


Continue Reading National Whistleblower Center Testifies Before House Committee in Defense of the SEC Whistleblower Program

Washington, D.C.  October 12, 2016. The Securities and Commodities Exchange(SEC) announced yesterday that fiscal year 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, was a record year for SEC enforcement. The agency reached new highs in enforcement in all areas, especially for whistleblowers.
Continue Reading SEC Announces Record Year Standing Up for Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on September 29th that International Game Technology (IGT) has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for firing an exemplary employee for reporting issues with the company’s financial statements.
Continue Reading SEC Fines Casino Gaming Company $500K for Whistleblower Retaliation

There are more effective ways to protest lax enforcement of financial fraud

Last week, it was widely reported that Eric Ben-Artzi, a Deutsche Bank whistleblower stated he will refuse a portion of his whistleblower award from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program.   Mr. Ben-Artzi had worked at the bank as a vice president and he tells an all too-familiar story of a loyal corporate insider reporting serious fraud internally only to be betrayed by corporate compliance officials and then getting fired by management.
Continue Reading Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Should Accept SEC Whistleblower Award

Washington, DC, November 16, 2015.  The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower issued its annual report today highlighting the successes of the Office.  This includes payments of more then $37 million to whistleblowers in 2015 and a 30% increase in the amount of claims filed with the office.  The SEC also took enforcement action to ensure that corporations stop using restrictive nondisclosure agreements to keep regulatory violations hidden.


Continue Reading SEC Annual Report Highlights Success of International Whistleblower Program