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GOP moves to gut SEC anti-graft rule

Posted  01/26/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Congressional Republicans are planning to repeal an SEC rule, established under the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining companies to disclose all payments to foreign governments for things like licenses and permits. Experts say such payments are often used to conceal bribes. The rule is currently set to go into effect in 2018. The enactment of previous version of...

Whistleblowers in Antitrust Enforcement: Has the Time Come?

Posted  09/28/15
By Ari Yampolsky The promotion of whistleblowing has become an important element of regulatory enforcement in several contexts, most recently in securities-law enforcement.  But apart from the amnesty/leniency framework, antitrust authorities have been less enthusiastic about incorporating whistleblowers into their enforcement efforts.  On August 27, 2015, the ABA sponsored a panel discussion titled...

Maryland Passes False Claims Act

Posted  04/9/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Yesterday, by a vote of 88 to 51, the Maryland House of Delegates approved passage of the Maryland False Claims Act.  It was previously passed by the Maryland Senate by a vote of 46 to 1 and now goes to Governor Larry Hogan for his signature.  The law greatly expands Maryland’s existing False Claims law which was limited to cases of Medicaid and healthcare-related fraud. ...

New York AG Proposes Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act

Posted  02/26/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today proposed legislation to protect and reward whistleblowers who report on fraud or misconduct in the banking, insurance, and financial services industries.  Titled the Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act, the law would be modeled after the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program and provide whistleblower rewards of 10-30...

Department of Defense Moves To Bar Anti-Whistleblower Confidentiality Provisions

Posted  02/12/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Not all companies have embraced the rise of whistleblowers as a vehicle to root out fraud within their ranks.  In fact, many companies have gone in the exact opposite direction, doing everything they can to discourage whistleblowers from stepping forward.  One popular mechanism a growing number of companies are using to silence would-be whistleblowers are so-called...

“Modest” Changes, or All-Out Assault on the False Claims Act?

Posted  07/31/14
By Jason Enzler The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday with the innocuous title “Oversight of the False Claims Act.” At issue was a set of proposed changes to the law offered by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (“ILR”). According to an ILR representative’s testimony, the amendments would be “modest” and focused on correcting “flaws” and improving the “effectiveness”...

Grassley Announces Creation of Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted  04/17/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), noted architect and champion of several whistleblower protection laws, has announced he will create the first-ever Senate whistleblower protection caucus.  The caucus, also commonly referred to as a coalition or working group, will consist of a group of senators dedicated to protecting whistleblowers and ensuring that whistleblower laws are...

Expanding Protections for Antitrust Whistleblowers -- Help is On the Way

Posted  08/3/12
By Gordon Schnell  Two U.S. senators this week proposed legislation that would for the first time extend whistleblower protections to those reporting on violations of the antitrust laws.  The bill, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) as the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act, would amend the Antitrust Criminal Penalties Enforcement and Reform Act (ACPERA).  This...


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