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Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2018

Posted  01/25/19
2018 was another banner year for whistleblowers. As the DOJ recently reported in its annual summary of False Claims Act recoveries, $2.1 billion of the $2.8 billion in settlements and judgments reported last year arose from lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. During the same period, the government paid out $301 million in whistleblower awards to the individuals who exposed the fraud by...

Top Ten SEC and CFTC Recoveries of 2018

Posted  01/18/19
The SEC and CFTC were busy in 2018. In addition to its robust FCPA enforcement, the SEC recovered hundreds of millions of dollars from companies accused of defrauding investors, breaching fiduciary duties, and violating SEC rules. The SEC also awarded its largest-ever whistleblower awards in 2018. Likewise, the CFTC spent the last year cracking down on market manipulators, rooting out commodities fraud, and halting...

What the Government Shutdown Means for Whistleblowers

Posted  01/3/19
Federal Government Shutdown
As of January 3, 2019, the federal courts are still open, and say they can stay open at least through January 11 by using available funds from court fee payments and other sources not dependent on new appropriations.  However, most Department of Justice civil attorneys have been furloughed.  Without attorneys from DOJ, cases involving the United States are not be able to proceed as they normally would. ...

Record-Breaking Year for the SEC Whistleblower Program: What the SEC Annual Report Tells Whistleblowers

Posted  11/16/18
In its 2018 Annual Report to Congress, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower described a “record-breaking year,” with a substantial increase in the number of tips received and the largest whistleblower awards to date.  While these numbers illustrate the benefits of the SEC Whistleblower Program, the SEC rightly says that it is “most proud” of the benefits the Whistleblower Program offers to investors, with over...

September 24, 2018

The SEC announced that it awarded $4 million to an individual residing overseas who had submitted a tip to the SEC Whistleblower Program.  The individual's tip led to an investigation.  The whistleblower's name, the subject of the underlying investigation, and the nature of the wrongdoing were not reported by the SEC, which offers anonymity under its Whistleblower Program.  SEC

SEC Announces $4 Million Award to Overseas Whistleblower

Posted  09/24/18
We have said it before, and we will say it again:  the SEC Whistleblower Program offers monetary rewards to non-U.S. citizens.  Today's announcement from the SEC of a $4 million award to an unidentified "overseas whistleblower" demonstrates this.  According to the SEC, the anonymous whistleblower's tip caused the SEC to open an investigation.  The $4 million award "recognizes the continued, important assistance...

SEC Reaffirms its Policy of Reduced Awards for Tardy Whistleblowers

Posted  09/20/18
Last Friday, the SEC announced an award of more than $1.5 million to a whistleblower who "provided the SEC with vital information and ongoing assistance that proved important to the overall success of an enforcement action." SEC Press Release. This brings to 58 the total number of awards under the SEC Whistleblower Program, amounting to $322 million in whistleblower recoveries. Of course, following the SEC's strict...

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...

DOJ Investigation of Pharma Companies for Alleged Iraqi Terrorism Funding – Did a Whistleblower Help?

Posted  08/17/18
Pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson were sued in the fall of 2017 by a group of military veterans and others who alleged that the companies paid bribes to win contracts with the Iraqi Ministry of Health – bribes which, according to the lawsuit, financed terrorism that damaged the plaintiffs.  As such, the plaintiffs alleged, the payments amounted to aiding and abetting...

What the Panama and Paradise Papers Tell Us

Posted  06/15/18
At this spring’s OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami, journalists involved in two of the biggest document leaks in history, the Panama and Paradise Papers, spoke on panels about secrecy jurisdictions and discussed the tax avoidance, corruption, and money-laundering they permit. Their fascinating presentations provided a chance to reflect on the magnitude of the information released to the public and on how far the...
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