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

Posted  10/17/19
Child Looking Through Telescope of New York Building
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, when first announced, the highest SEC whistleblower award ever was finally paid. 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 $257 million fine by the SEC. Last year, the whistleblower also received $30 million from the CFTC, that agency’s largest award ever, for...

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
SEC
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...

July 12, 2018

The CFTC announced an award of approximately $30 million to a whistleblower who voluntarily provided key original information that led to a successful enforcement action. The award is the largest award made by the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program to date and is the fifth award made by the program. Previously, the highest award amount paid to a CFTC whistleblower was in March 2016 of more than $10 million (see CFTC Press Release 7351-16, CFTC Announces Whistleblower Award of More Than $10 Million). CFTC

July 27, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a whistleblower award of more than $1.7 million to a company insider who provided the agency with critical information to help stop a fraud that would have otherwise been difficult to detect.  Millions of dollars were returned to harmed investors as a result of the SEC’s ensuing investigation and enforcement action.  ''When whistleblowers tip the SEC, it not only can bring wrongdoers to justice but also relief to investors,'' said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.  ''This whistleblower's valuable information enabled us to stop further investor harm and ultimately return money to victims.''  Approximately $158 million has now been awarded to 46 whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action. SEC
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