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SEC Awards $5 Million to Whistleblower Who Suffered Workplace Retaliation

April 22, 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an award of $5 million to a whistleblower who suffered retaliation in the workplace as a result of their disclosures. According to the SEC award determination order, the whistleblower provided information leading SEC staff to open an investigation. The whistleblower also provided critical documentation that “evidenced possible wrongdoing and helped […]

Terminated whistleblower receives $5M SEC award

April 21, 2020

A whistleblower terminated by his or her company soon after raising concerns internally about discovered misconduct was the recipient of a $5 million SEC payout—the seventh by the agency in the last month.

Ex-EY whistleblower wins $10.8m in damages

April 17, 2020

Accountancy firm EY has been ordered to pay $10.8m in damages to a whistleblower who claimed it covered up evidence of money laundering. Auditor Amjad Rihan sued EY after being forced out of his job in 2014. A year earlier, Mr Rihan led an audit that discovered Dubai’s biggest gold refiner Kaloti had paid out […]

$400 Million Awarded to SEC Whistleblowers

April 16, 2020

Today, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower announced that it has issued more than $400 million in awards to whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012. The announcement came in connection with a $27 million award to a whistleblower who alerted the SEC to misconduct occurring, in part, overseas. According to the SEC’s order determining the whistleblower award, the whistleblower’s […]

Virginia Enacts Whistleblower Protection Law

April 13, 2020

On April 11, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law HB798, which protects workers from retaliation for reporting to a supervisor or any governmental body violations or suspected violations of federal or state law, refusing to engage in a criminal act or carry out an order that would violate federal or state law, or engaging […]

OSC whistleblower payouts top $8 million with latest award to industry expert

April 6, 2020

The Ontario Securities Commission awarded more than half a million to a whistleblower, who the regulator identified only as “a company outsider who used their industry expertise to identify irregularities.” The confidential program has paid out more than $8 million since its launch in July of 2016. “Experts can be among the first to spot […]

SEC continues whistleblower award surge with $2M payout

April 3, 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced the award of $2 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance “substantially contributed” to an ongoing investigation. The award extends a flurry of recent activity for the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. The agency has announced five awards in the last 12 days and eight during the year—already […]

Encompass Must Pay Whistleblower $1 Million in Attorneys’ Fees

April 1, 2020

A Texas whistleblower whose False Claims Act lawsuit helped the Justice Department recover $48 million in a settlement with Encompass Health Corp. is entitled to slightly more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees, a Florida federal court said. That amount is a slight reduction from the fees requested by Melissa Higgins, who accused the rehabilitation […]

SEC Continues to Pay Whistleblower Rewards Despite Coronavirus Closures

March 31, 2020

March 30th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower award of $450,000 given to an individual whose significant information helped in an investigation. According to an SEC press release, the whistleblower, who chose to remain anonymous, became eligible for an award after reporting concerns about internal compliance. The whistleblower, who had compliance-related responsibilities, […]

SEC awards $1.6M to whistleblower for case-opening intel

March 23, 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced an award of more than $1.6 million to a whistleblower whose information formed part of the basis for charges brought in a successful enforcement action. According to the SEC’s order, the whistleblower’s insight caused staff in the Division of Enforcement to open an investigation and supported some of the charges […]

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