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  • SEC has “record-setting” whistleblower fiscal year

    On September 30, the SEC announced six new whistleblower awards to finish a “record-setting” fiscal year. In the first announcement , the SEC details an award of nearly $30 million to two whistleblowers. The first, received approximately $22 million for providing information that led SEC staff to...

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  • SEC amends whistleblower program rules

    On September 23, the SEC voted to adopt amendments to the rules governing its whistleblower program. According to the SEC, the amendments are meant to “provide greater transparency, efficiency and clarity, and to strengthen and bolster the program.” The amendments were proposed for public comment...

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  • SEC issues two separate whistleblower awards totaling over $2.65 million

    On September 21, the SEC announced a $2.4 million award to a whistleblower in connection with a successful agency enforcement action. The SEC’s press release states that the whistleblower’s “timely submission of information” led to the initiation of an investigation and enforcement action that...

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  • SEC issues $10 million whistleblower award

    On September 14, the SEC announced a more than $10 million award to a whistleblower in connection with a successful agency enforcement action. According to the SEC’s press release, the whistleblower’s information and assistance “were of crucial importance” to the action. The redacted order on the...

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  • SEC issues two separate whistleblower awards totaling over $3.75 million

    On September 1, the SEC announced a joint award of $2.5 million to two whistleblowers for providing a tip “based largely on highly probative independent analysis of a public company’s filings,” which led to “several successful enforcement actions.” According to the redacted order , (i) the tip was...

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  • CFTC awards $9 million to whistleblower

    On July 27, the CFTC announced an approximately $9 million whistleblower award to a claimant who reported “specific, credible and timely” information that led to a successful Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) enforcement action. The associated order notes that the claimant voluntarily provided original...

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  • SEC issues $3.8 million whistleblower award

    On July 14, the SEC announced a $3.8 million award to a whistleblower in an enforcement action. According to the SEC’s press release, the whistleblower “provided significant information that helped the SEC disrupt an ongoing fraudulent scheme,” which resulted in “millions of dollars” being returned...

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  • District court dismisses False Claims Act suit at DOJ’s request

    On July 2, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a False Claims Act suit against a British bank accused of allegedly engaging in banking practices that violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. The bank had entered into deferred prosecution agreements in 2012 and 2019...

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  • SEC issues two separate whistleblower awards totaling over $800,000

    On June 23, the SEC announced a $125,000 award to a whistleblower in an enforcement action. According to the press release, the whistleblower’s “information and assistance helped both the SEC and another agency bring successful actions against the perpetrator of a fraudulent securities offering.”...

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  • CFTC awards $6 million to whistleblower for CEA action

    On June 9, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a more than $6 million whistleblower award to a claimant who reported “specific, credible and timely” information that led to a successful Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) enforcement action. The associated order notes that the...

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