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SEC Whistleblower Reward Program

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May 6, 2022

The SEC awarded $3.5 million to 4 whistleblowers in a single covered action. Three joint whistleblowers provided staff with information that caused a new investigation to be opened, and a fourth whistleblower provided analytical insights of publicly available information that focused the staff’s attention on new allegations that advanced the investigation. SEC

April 25, 2022

The SEC has awarded five whistleblowers a total of $6 million for their assistance in a single successful enforcement action.  According to the agency, one group of the whistleblowers provided key documents that prompted the agency to request additional documents from the respondent, while the second group provided firsthand accounts of the misconduct.  SEC

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Practice Group 2021 Roundup: Another Banner Year

Posted  04/21/22
Whistleblower Rewards
2021 was another banner year for Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower practice group, with three historic whistleblower successes, including the first-ever award under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act. This string of successes follows the firm's record-shattering 2020 year where our whistleblower team secured blockbuster settlements that recovered more than $600 million for the government and roughly $115...

March 18, 2022

The SEC has made three awards totaling approximately $3 million to three whistleblowers whose actions helped lead to three enforcement actions.  All three whistleblowers were said to have provided information that prompted the agency to open investigations into potential securities law violations.  Two of the whistleblowers were company insiders who reported concerns internally before coming forward.  SEC

March 11, 2022

A whistleblower was awarded $14 million by the SEC in a decision that departed from the recommendation of the Claims Review Staff to deny the award.  A report about a fraud committed by a company and its CEO was published online; two individuals claimed to be authors of the report, which contained analysis derived from a large number of publicly-available and non-public sources.  Neither submitted a TCR to the SEC at the time the report was published, although the whistleblower who received the award provided the report directly to Commission staff and provided additional information during the course of the enforcement action that the SEC initiated based on the report’s allegations.   The whistleblower did submit a TCR two months after the SEC posted a Notice of Covered Action, more than four years after the report was publicly released.  The Commission found that it would be in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors to exercise its discretionary authority and grant an award despite the individual’s failure to initially file a TCR.  The second claimant, who did not submit a TCR at any time, and who did not communicate with enforcement staff, was denied an award.  SEC

March 8, 2022

The SEC has awarded more than $3.5 million to a whistleblower whose information significantly contributed to two successful enforcement actions by prompting staff to further investigate securities violations, saving time and resources, and helping to advance settlement discussions.  SEC

SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Strengthen Whistleblower Program

Posted  02/22/22
SEC-building
The SEC recently announced proposed changes to its whistleblower program that would strengthen it for the years to come.  The proposals would roll back two controversial rule amendments that the SEC adopted in 2020, which significantly increased the uncertainty facing would-be whistleblowers.  Below we discuss the pros and cons of these new proposals, which would improve that status quo but have issues of their...

January 21, 2022

A whistleblower received an award of $1.5 million, with the SEC finding that the individual voluntarily provided new and original information as well as substantial assistance during the course of the government’s investigation.  The information helped Commission staff formulate their investigative strategy, saved government time and resources, and significantly contributed to the success of a government investigation.   SEC

January 21, 2022

A whistleblower received an award of $1.8 million, with the SEC finding that the individual voluntarily provided original information that led the SEC to open an investigation that was directly based on the whistleblower’s information.  The SEC further noted that the individual had also reported the misconduct internally in a timely manner, had suffered hardship as a result of reporting, and had provided substantial ongoing assistance during the government’s investigation.   SEC

January 21, 2022

Two unidentified whistleblowers were jointly awarded $37 million based on findings that they voluntarily provided key evidence to the government, which significantly contributed to the government’s understanding of the underlying wrong, and provided ongoing assistance during the government’s investigation.  The award is based on amounts recovered in a successful enforcement action by the SEC, as well as a separate related action by a different, unidentified, agency.  SEC
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