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International Whistleblowers

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Top FCPA Recoveries of 2021

Posted  01/14/22
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We wish we could provide a list of the Top Ten FCPA recoveries of 2021.  But, in 2021, there were just four FCPA settlements announced by government enforcement agencies.  Following back-to-back years with billions of dollars in recoveries under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 2020 and 2019 momentum has, unfortunately, stalled. The FCPA prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials made with the...

January 10, 2022

The SEC has issued two awards totaling more than $4 million to three whistleblowers whose information and assistance helped bring about two successful enforcement actions.  In the first order, a single whistleblower who reported internally before providing significant new information to the agency on an existing investigation was awarded $2.6 million.  According to the SEC, the misconduct occurred overseas and would have been difficult to detect without the whistleblower’s tip.  In the second order, two whistleblowers received a joint award of $1.5 million for providing substantial ongoing assistance.  SEC

November 9, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a $24.3 million whistleblower award to Gwang Ho Kim, a former Hyundai safety engineer who provided critical information to NHTSA about safety defects in millions of Hyundai and Kia vehicles.  The award under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act was made in connection with Hyundai and Kia’s 2020 agreement to pay combined penalties of up to $210 million. NHTSA.

Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors – Concealing safety defects ($210 million)

Constantine Cannon represented whistleblower Gwang Ho Kim, a former engineer at Hyundai who exposed Hyundai and Kia’s efforts to deceive U.S. vehicle safety regulators about safety defects affecting engines in millions of vehicles.  Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay combined penalties of $81 million (and up to $210 million), the largest penalties safety regulators have ever assessed against a carmaker, in connection with the misconduct Kim exposed. Kim’s $24.3 million award is first-ever monetary award made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, which creates a whistleblower reward program to pay awards to auto-industry insiders who provide information to safety regulators about defects in vehicles. Under the program, auto-industry whistleblowers—who, like Kim, may be anywhere in the world—can protect the public by bringing to regulators critical information about disastrous safety defects. Read more: Award Press Release; Whistleblower Insider; NHTSA

CFTC’s Largest-Ever Whistleblower Award Edges out SEC and IRS Awards and Acts as a Calling Card for the CFTC Whistleblower Reward Program Globally

Posted  11/8/21
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As we’ve reported in two recent blog posts, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s recent award of $200 million to a whistleblower announced on October 21 is certainly the largest the CFTC has ever made, but also the largest award made under any federal whistleblower-reward program to a single whistleblower, including the False Claims Act.  To appreciate the significance of this award, we wanted to give it...

Not Wanting to Be Left Behind, the UK Introduces Two Bills in Parliament Seeking to Improve UK’s Whistleblower Protections

Posted  07/2/21
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The European Union is on the cusp of taking a quantum leap in the protection of whistleblowers. Whereas previously only 8 of the 27 member states had national laws protecting whistleblowers, the new EU Whistleblowing Directive (Directive 2019/1937)  requires that all 27 member states transpose into national law sweeping whistleblower protections by the end of this year, creating a blanket of whistleblower protections...

Whistleblowers Without Borders: International Whistleblowers are Increasingly Important Contributors of Tips to the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program

Posted  06/11/21
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On March 4, 2021, the SEC announced an award of over $5 million to joint foreign whistleblowers whose tip, providing significant information about misconduct abroad, caused the opening of an investigation that resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action. According to Jane Norberg, former Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, “The whistleblowers’ information alerted the staff to misconduct...

Listen to Mary Inman on BBC’s Business Daily Program “What Happens to Whistleblowers?”

Posted  05/21/21
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Constantine Cannon’s own Mary Inman appeared on an episode of the Business Daily program from the BBC World Service, What Happens to Whistleblowers: How Exposing the Truth at Work Can Cost You Your Career.  Listen at the Spotify link below, or on your preferred podcast platform. Mary was joined by whistleblowers Ian Foxley and Bianca Goodson and whistleblower psychotherapist David H. Martin for a discussion...

Partner Mary Inman joins Shaifali Joshi-Clark of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Whistleblower Office to discuss the OSC’s whistleblower reward program at Whistleblowing Canada Research Society event “The Expansion of Whistleblower Reward Programs in the U.S., Canada and Globally.”

Posted  04/30/21
On March 17, 2021, Constantine Cannon whistleblower partner Mary Inman joined Shaifali Joshi-Clark, a senior forensic accountant in the Whistleblower Office of the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”), as a co-panellist for a webinar entitled “The Expansion of Whistleblower Reward Programs in the U.S., Canada and Globally,” organised by Whistleblowing Canada Research Society (“WCRS”) and moderated by...

Corruption in humanitarian relief and development programs: How to report USAID fraud

Posted  03/25/21
Late last week, the Department of Justice announced that the International Rescue Committee had agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle allegations that it had participated in a scheme to rig contract bids and then passed on inflated costs to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  IRC, a New York-based humanitarian relief organization, received funding from USAID to provide humanitarian...
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