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Whistleblower Protection Law Firm Challenges SEC’s Proposed Rule Amendments

Legal Experts Take Action after SEC Releases Plans to Cap Whistleblower Rewards

The Problem With SEC's Plan To Cap Whistleblower Awards

Publicly opposed by two of the five SEC commissioners, the central feature of the proposed amendments targets whistleblower compensation and seeks to reduce payments to whistleblowers in the largest anti-fraud cases.

Law 360: Digital Realty’s Victory Is A Loss For Corporate Compliance

In Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, the U.S. Supreme Court, with the silent endorsement of every major corporation, undermined Wall Street’s advocacy of internal corporate compliance programs as an alternative to whistleblower qui tam reward laws, such as those contained in the Dodd-Frank Act or the False Claims Act.

Law360: Whistleblower Protections Are At Risk At The High Court

On Nov. 28, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, a case that threatens every corporate compliance program in the United States.

Supreme Court News: KKC Argues Corporate Compliance Officials Must be Protected under Dodd-Frank

Washington, D.C., November 22, 2017. On November 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the whistleblower case, Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (No. 16-1276). At issue is whether “internal” whistleblowers, those who report fraud concerns to their supervisors or compliance programs, are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”).

Digital Realty Trust V. Somers May Kill Corporate Compliance

During its upcoming term the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in a landmark whistleblower case, Digital Realty Trust v. Somers. At issue is the scope of protected activity under the Dodd-Frank Act, the most important Wall Street reform law passed in a generation. The court will decide whether employees who report violations internally, to their corporate compliance departments, are protected under the law. Or, must an employee actually make a report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to be covered under the Dodd-Frank Act’s strong anti-retaliation provisions?

Clarifying Anti-Retaliation Protections Under Dodd-Frank

What protections are available under the Dodd-Frank Act’s (DFA) whistleblower law if an employee reports securities fraud within the company? Although it may seem logical to protect employees who report violations to their supervisors or compliance departments, the U.S. courts are deeply divided on this issue. Courts have pointed to two separate definitions of a “whistleblower” in the DFA to justify their differing positions. However, a more careful review of the history of the DFA should resolve this prolonged dispute.

SEC Settles Charges Against Anheuser-Busch InBev for Illegally Gagging Employee & FCPA Violations

Washington, D.C. September 28, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct.