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SEC Whistleblower Reward Program

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SEC’s 23rd Whistleblower Award Goes to a “Company Outsider”

Posted  01/20/16
On Friday, January 15th, the SEC made an award of more than $700,000 to a whistleblower the agency described as a “company outsider who conducted a detailed analysis that led to a successful SEC enforcement action.” The SEC’s whistleblower program explicitly provides for financial rewards to company outsiders by allowing “independent analysis” — even when based on publicly available information — to...

Compliance Officers in the Crosshairs?

Posted  11/23/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Are compliance officers being targeted by government regulators?   An increased focus on individual accountability is making those professionals feel particularly vulnerable, even as regulators in the United States and abroad emphasize their partnership with compliance officers. Andrew Ceresney, director of the Security & Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement,

SEC pays $325K whistleblower award but warns it could have been more

Posted  11/5/15
Yesterday, the SEC sent a message, and it wasn’t subtle: speed counts. The agency announced it was making a $325,000 award to the 22nd whistleblower to receive an award under the SEC’s whistleblower program since its inception in 2011.  But its press release also stressed that “the award could have been higher” had the whistleblower not “hesitated” to bring his or her information to the Commission. The...

In Their Own Words — McKessy

Posted  11/5/15

-- “This award recognizes the value of the information and assistance provided by the whistleblower while underscoring the need for whistleblowers to report information to the agency expeditiously.”

Sean X. McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, announcing a $325,000 Whistleblower Award to Whistleblower who’s information led to a successful SEC enforcement action against an investment firm. ...

Whistleblower Showdown Heads to Supreme Court

Posted  09/30/15
By Eric Havian (published on A recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has staged a showdown for the Supreme Court to decide what protections whistleblowers should receive when they report illegal activity internally and an employer retaliates as a result. However the Supreme Court decides, corporate officers should take a deep breath and think about the impact of the positions...

August 7, 2015

Constantine Cannon partner Eric Havian quoted in the Recorder article, SEC Gives Former Bio-Rad GC a Boost in Whistleblower Suit.  Click here to read the article.

SEC Pays Whistleblower Award of More than $3 Million

Posted  07/24/15
On July 17th, the SEC announced its 18th whistleblower award since the program’s inception – this one for over $3 million, the third highest to date.  This puts the award total at over $50 million. Due to the agency’s commitment to whistleblower confidentiality, the SEC’s press release was slim on details of the fraud or the whistleblower.  However, the SEC took the award as an opportunity to praise...
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