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Appeals Court to Decide Major Whistleblower Reward Case

Washington, D.C. November 15, 2017. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear argument in the most important tax whistleblower case ever filed in court. At issue in Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Whistleblower 21276-13W is whether the tax whistleblower law covers employees who report criminal tax fraud.

Senator Grassley Backs Whistleblower in Major Tax Case

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, filed an amicus curiae brief in a closely watched tax whistleblower case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The case, Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Whistleblower 21276-13W concerns the right of a confidential tax whistleblower to obtain a reward based on a criminal tax case. The case will set nation-wide precedent concerning the scope of the IRS whistleblower law.

Senator Grassley and SEC File Amicus Briefs in Crucial Supreme Court Case

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Senator Charles Grassley and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) each filed amicus briefs in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (No. 16-1276). In this important case, the SEC’s Whistleblower program and corporate compliance programs are on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court determines whether whistleblowers who report potential violations to company management but not to the SEC are protected from retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Whistleblower Rewarded for Protecting Consumers

On October 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award to a corporate whistleblower of more than $1 million. The whistleblower provided “new information and substantial corroborating documentation” of securities fraud that impacted retail customers.

Sarbanes-Oxley Anti-Retaliation Provisions Apply Extraterritorially

On August 29, 2017, the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued a significant decision Blanchard v. Exelis Systems Corp./Vectrus Systems Corp., holding that Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) § 806 applies extraterritorially. In other words, Section 806’s whistleblower protections apply to conduct outside of the United States’ territorial boundaries.

SEC Notices of Covered Actions Aug & Sept 2017

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.

President Trump Calls on UN to Protect Whistleblowers

President Donald Trump, during his first official remarks before the United Nations (UN), urged that body to protect whistleblowers. Meanwhile, the IRS Whistleblower Program at risk due to Trump Administration’s position in a Tax Court case.

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