Archive for the ‘SEC’ Category

Cybersecurity Front and Center in SEC’s Recent $100M Insider-Trading Enforcement Action

August 28, 2015 - Comments Off on Cybersecurity Front and Center in SEC’s Recent $100M Insider-Trading Enforcement Action

By Alexis H. Ronickher On August 13, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action involving cybersecurity.  In SEC v. Dubovoy et al., the SEC charged 32 defendants for taking part in an insider-trading scheme.  Over a five-year period of time, the hacker defendants hacked into at least two newswire services […]

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SEC Pushes for Amicus Brief to Clarify Dodd-Frank Internal Whistleblower Protection

August 11, 2015 - Comments Off on SEC Pushes for Amicus Brief to Clarify Dodd-Frank Internal Whistleblower Protection

In an unusual request to a trial court, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission moved a California federal court on August 7th, 2015, to allow the commission to file an amicus brief on behalf of Sanford Wadler, previously in-house counsel for Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., who is suing his former employer for retaliation in violation of […]

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Compliance Officer Receives SEC Whistleblower Award

April 23, 2015 - Comments Off on Compliance Officer Receives SEC Whistleblower Award

A whistleblower who provided information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will receive a financial whistleblower award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million, according to a press release issued yesterday by the SEC.  The Commission announced it will present the whistleblower award to an anonymous compliance officer “who had a reasonable basis […]

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SEC Orders Halt to Agreements Impeding Whistleblower Reports

April 21, 2015 - Comments Off on SEC Orders Halt to Agreements Impeding Whistleblower Reports

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced earlier this month that it intends take action against companies that use confidentiality agreements to stifle whistleblowers’ ability to report wrongdoing to government authorities.  The SEC accompanied its announcement with an order instituting cease and desist proceedings against KBR, Inc.  According to the SEC, KBR was requiring […]

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SEC Creates Incentives for Companies to Self-Report FCPA Violations

March 16, 2015 - Comments Off on SEC Creates Incentives for Companies to Self-Report FCPA Violations

The effectiveness of foreign bribery whistleblowers was lauded last week by an official from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as the agency, along with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), explained the benefits of companies self-reporting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Representatives for the agencies stated at a conference on Thursday […]

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SEC Issues Award to Corporate Officer Whistleblower

March 3, 2015 - Comments Off on SEC Issues Award to Corporate Officer Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Office announced yesterday that it would pay a whistleblower award of between $475,000 and $575,000 to a former corporate officer who reported fraud that he or she learned of through another employee reporting the misconduct internally.  Although information received by an officer in connection with internal reporting […]

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SEC Orders Goodyear to Pay Hefty Fine for FCPA Violations

February 26, 2015 - Comments Off on SEC Orders Goodyear to Pay Hefty Fine for FCPA Violations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently sanctioned Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), imposing a penalty of $16.2 million on the company as a result of bribes paid to foreign officials by Goodyear subsidiaries in Kenya and Angola.  According to the SEC’s order, the Goodyear […]

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Recent Criticisms of Whistleblower Reward Programs Miss the Mark

February 12, 2015 - Comments Off on Recent Criticisms of Whistleblower Reward Programs Miss the Mark

An opinion editorial by former corporate attorney Steven Solomon, published in the New York Times in late December, criticized what he called the “perverse incentives” that the U.S. government’s whistleblower reward programs create for “bad people” who decide to become whistleblowers.  Solomon argues that the whistleblower-reward programs run by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Department […]

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GAP Legal Director Tom Devine Praises KMB’s SEC Whistleblower Practice Guide

January 16, 2015 - Comments Off on GAP Legal Director Tom Devine Praises KMB’s SEC Whistleblower Practice Guide

David Marshall’s SEC Whistleblower Practice Guide was given a glowing review earlier this week by the Tom Devine, the Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project (“GAP”), who described the Guide as “the definitive guide to the [SEC] whistleblower bounty program.”  The SEC Whistleblower Guide, which is available on the KMB website for free download, […]

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Foreign Bribes Subject Texas Aircraft Maintenance Company to Huge Fines

December 15, 2014 - Comments Off on Foreign Bribes Subject Texas Aircraft Maintenance Company to Huge Fines

Foreign bribery whistleblowers will be encouraged by news that a company providing aircraft engine maintenance services has admitted to violating U.S. foreign bribery law and agreed to pay a $14 million fine.  According to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the company, Dallas Airmotive Inc., admitted to […]

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