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Eastern District of Pennsylvania Grants Summary Judgment On SOX Claim
On July 18, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted a defendant-employer's motion for summary judgment on a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim
United States
9 Aug 2019
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Whistleblower Challenges Delayed Bounty Award
In a petition for a writ of mandamus filed on April 29, 2019 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, an unidentified whistleblower who claims to have tipped the SEC to alleged violations
United States
31 Jul 2019
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4th Circuit Vacates ARB SOX Whistleblower Decision For Lack Of Protected Activity
On June 13, 2019, the Fourth Circuit overturned the ARB's decision in favor of a complainant, ruling that the plaintiff had not engaged in protected activity under the SOX whistleblower
United States
29 Jul 2019
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SDNY Dismisses SOX And Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims Against Private Company
On June 3, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a defendant-employer's motion for summary judgment on SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, finding that the alleged whistleblowing did not involve fraud related to a public company.
United States
15 Jul 2019
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SEC Awards Joint Whistleblowers $3 Million Even Though Information Was Not Voluntarily Given
On June 3, 2019, the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower announced a $3 million award to two whistleblowers who provided the SEC with information that led it to investigate
United States
1 Jul 2019
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House Financial Services Committee Passes Bill To Expand Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection To Internal Whistleblowers
On May 8, 2019, the House Committee on Financial Services passed H.R. 2515, the Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019.
United States
13 Jun 2019
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SEC Awards Whistleblower More Than $4.5 Million
On May 24, 2019, the SEC announced payment of more than $4.5 million to a whistleblower who sent an anonymous tip to the company alleging significant wrongdoing and then submitted
United States
10 Jun 2019
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Update On Bofl SOX Whistleblower Litigation
We previously reported in October 2017 and March 2017 on a whistleblower litigation brought by Charles Erhart, a former Bank of Internet Holding, Inc. (Bofl) internal auditor.
United States
3 Jun 2019
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Expansive Amendments To New York Whistleblower Protection Law Introduced
On April 29, 2019, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto introduced Assembly Bill A7384, which would amend and significantly expand New York's whistleblower statute, N.Y.L.L. §§ 740, 741.
United States
31 May 2019
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Hospital Sues Whistleblower For Failing To Report Information And Choosing Instead To Use As Basis For Claim
In an unusual and eye-catching case, a hospital facing a whistleblower lawsuit from a former senior executive under the False Claims Act ("FCA") has brought suit against that individual
United States
27 May 2019
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Alabama Federal Court Denies Motion For Summary Judgement On SOX Whistleblower Claim
On April 2, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama denied a defendant-employer's motion for summary judgment on a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim
United States
16 May 2019
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SEC Awards $50 Million To Two Whistleblowers
On March 26, 2019, the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower announced two multi-million dollar awards to whistleblowers who provided the SEC ...
United States
11 Apr 2019
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LA Jury Awards Whistleblower $1.5 Million
This case is consistent with a trend of sizable jury verdicts in whistleblower retaliation claims.
United States
21 Mar 2019
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Whistleblower Complaints Down In 2018
Although complaints were temporarily down in 2018, we expect the overall upward trend to continue in future years.
United States
18 Mar 2019
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Ninth Circuit Affirms Most Of Jury Verdict In Former GC's SOX Whistleblower Lawsuit
On February 26, 2019, the Ninth Circuit affirmed much of a jury's approximately $11M verdict finding that a former general counsel was discharged in retaliation for reporting alleged Foreign Corrupt
United States
15 Mar 2019
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California Federal Court Stays SOX Claim Pending Arbitration Of Related Claims
On December 21, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California stayed a plaintiff's whistleblower retaliation claim under SOX
United States
14 Jan 2019
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E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX
In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment...
United States
2 Nov 2016
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Connecticut Court Clarifies SOX Whistleblower Pleading Standard
On December 15, 2015, the District of Connecticut refused to dismiss a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim, ruling that: (1) the heightened Rule 9(b) pleading standard for fraud claims does not apply to SOX whistleblower retaliation claims; and (2) to plead a "reasonable belief," a SOX whistleblower plaintiff needs to show that her claim at least approximately satisfied the elements of a claim under the securities laws that allegedly were violated (i.e., that it is sufficiently "tethered" to a
United States
5 Jan 2016
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Highlights Of SEC's 2015 Annual Whistleblower Report
In its 2015 report, the SEC highlights that since the inception of the whistleblower program in 2011, the Commission has paid more than $54 million in awards to a total of 22 whistleblowers, with more than $37 million paid in 2015 alone.
United States
23 Nov 2015
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Kansas Court Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim for Failure to Complain of Securities Violations
On November 5, 2015, the District of Kansas dismissed a whistleblower retaliation claim under Dodd-Frank, ruling that the statute's anti-retaliation provision only protects individuals who report securities violations.
United States
16 Nov 2015
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