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December 19, 2019

The CFTC will pay a $1 million award to an anonymous whistleblower.  The CFTC stated that the whistleblower first provided the information through their employer's internal compliance program to another regulator, and subsequently provided the information directly to the CFTC.  Furthermore, the CFTC stated that the whistleblower was eligible for the award even though they did not identify the exact wrongdoing ultimately charged by the CFTC, because the whistleblower's information led the CFTC directly to evidence in support of the CFTC's claims.  CFTC

Laws Protect Ukraine Whistleblower’s Anonymity: Attorneys Eric Havian, Mike Ronickher, and Max Voldman write for USA Today

Posted  12/5/19
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Multiple laws protect the Ukraine whistleblower’s right to anonymity and lawmakers well know it despite their contrary assertions, write Constantine Cannon partners Eric Havian and Mike Ronickher, and attorney Max Voldman in an Opinion piece published in USA Today.  Protections against retaliation for the Ukraine whistleblower are found in a number of statutes, including the Intelligence Community Whistleblower...

New York Poised to Become One of Most Whistleblower-Friendly Places

Posted  10/17/19
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As anonymous whistleblowers make national headlines daily, so do the attacks on their integrity and calls to reveal their identity. In order to combat the chilling effect on the courageous individuals who report fraud or misconduct, New Yorkers—both at the state and city level—are doubling down on whistleblower protections and encouraging observers of corruption to come forward. Lat week, New York Attorney...

Ted Siedle is the rare SEC whistleblower who allows us to put a face to the name.

Posted  05/24/19
Ted Siedle Whistleblower Headshot
After two years of waiting, the recipient of what was the largest whistleblower award to date under the SEC Whistleblower Program when it was first announced in 2017, was finally paid by the SEC. This week, he received his share of a $50 million reward to two whistleblowers for exposing conflicts of interest at JP Morgan that led to a $267 million fine by the SEC. Last year, the whistleblower also received $30 million...

March 26, 2019

The SEC made two whistleblower awards to anonymous whistleblowers in an undisclosed enforcement actions based on information provided by the whistleblowers that assisted the agency.  One whistleblower received an award of $37 million and the other received an award of $13 million. No further details were provided by the SEC, which protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that could reveal a whistleblower’s identity.  SEC

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Comments on Importance of Anonymity for Whistleblowers to Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/15/19
London partner Mary Inman was recently quoted in DC-based Government Accountability Project (GAP)’s blog post about effective whistleblower protection in emerging international laws. Among other priorities, the long-standing Government Accountability Project brings attention to important whistleblower issues, corporate and financial accountability, and international whistleblower rights – issues that are...

December 18, 2018

The New York Department of Financial Services has imposed a $15 million fine on Barclays Bank PLC based on efforts by the bank and its CEO, Jess Staley, to identify an anonymous whistleblower within the organization, in contravention of the bank's whistleblower policies.  NY

Catch of the Week — SEC Hands Two Whistleblowers $54 Million

Posted  09/7/18
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The SEC announced late this week that it had issued two whistleblower rewards totaling $54 million. Of the total reward, one tipster received $39 million-the second-largest reward the SEC has ever granted-while a second received $15 million, the eighth-largest award yet granted. The SEC commended both whistleblowers for providing “critical information and continued assistance” that “helped the agency bring an...
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