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SEC Releases Fiscal 2013 Whistleblower Report

Whistleblower reports to the SEC continued to rise during the latest fiscal year, according to the agency’s annual Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program report to Congress. According to the November 15, 2013 report, a copy of which can be found here , there were 3,238 whistleblower reports to the SEC...

A China Fraud Dissected: Part 1 Milton Webster, AgFeed Audit Committee Member and Whistleblower

Lawrence Blitz v. AgFeed Industries, Inc., Goldman Kurland & Mohidin LLP, McGladrey & Pullen LLP , et al is a securities fraud class action where investors claim the company’s expansion was “fueled in large part by fraud.” AgFeed began in the 1990’s as a Chinese manufacturer...

Conflicts at Fund Adviser Yields First SEC Whistleblower Action

The Commission brought its first action involving the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. It centers on an investment adviser, a broker dealer, conflicts and retaliation against a firm employee who reported the misconduct to the SEC and later informed his employer of that report. In the...

SEC Sanctions Company for Whistleblower Retaliation

I drove my daughter to the airport today for her summer exchange program in Spain. On the way she asked me what I was going to blog about tomorrow and I told her whistleblowers. She was not familiar with that term so I explained it to her and her response was ‘ Oh you mean a snitch ’ which...

SEC Announces Largest Yet Whistleblower Bounty Award of Over $30 Million

In what is by far the largest whistleblower bounty award yet under the Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower provisions, the SEC on September 22, 2014 announced an award of between $30 and $35 million to a whistleblower who provided original information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. In...

SEC: Number of Whistleblower Reports Continues to Increase

The number of whistleblower reports to the SEC increased again in the latest fiscal year, according to the annual report of the SEC whistleblower office. The report, which the SEC is required by the Dodd-Frank Act to provide to Congress annually, is entitled the “2014 Annual Report to Congress...

SEC: Whistleblower Protections Extend to Those Who Report Internally

A critical component of the SEC’s whistleblower program is the anti-retaliatory provisions of Exchange Act Section 21F, added to the statute by the Dodd-Frank Act. To implement that provision the Commission promulgated two rules. The first, Exchange Act Rule 21F-2(b)(2) provides that the agency...

The SEC’s New Whistleblower Action: Is It Counterproductive?

The SEC brought its first enforcement action centered on corporate restrictions which could impact employee whistleblowers, deterring them from reporting to the agency. Specifically, the Commission alleged that a policy at KBR, Inc. which precluded the disclosure of information by an employee about that...

Is the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounty Program Gaining Momentum?

While the SEC’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower program has drawn significant attention, the fact is that the program has gotten off to a slow start. As of the end of the last fiscal year, the SEC had during the program’s history received a total of 10,193 whistleblower reports, but had made only...

The SEC, Second Circuit, and Whistleblowers: Searching For Ambiguity

The SEC’s interpretation of the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions prevailed in a recent Second Circuit decision, creating a circuit split that could be heading for the Supreme Court. Specifically, the Circuit Court deferred to the SEC’s interpretation of the provisions under which whistleblowers...