First-ever directory of companies’ anonymous reporting hotlines released


A newly published online directory offers employees of Fortune 500 companies 10 tips and other best practices for reporting sexual misconduct, ethical violations, and fraud.

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PCAOB swaps board members, faces whistleblower report


The SEC has ousted Kathleen Hamm as a board member at the PCAOB, replacing her with White House aide Rebekah Goshorn Jurata. The swap, along with a whistleblower report, signal internal strife at the audit regulator.


EU whistleblower protection law gets go-ahead


Whistleblower protections against dismissal, demotion, and other forms of retaliation will come into effect in the European Union within the next two years, according to an agreement signed recently by EU leaders.


Whistleblower awarded $7M for ‘limited assistance’


A whistleblower who provided the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with “limited assistance” about misconduct that prompted an investigation was still awarded $7 million, the agency announced.


House approves PCAOB whistleblower program


The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to move the creation of a whistleblower program at the PCAOB forward. While some praised the development, others cautioned it’s a redundant and flawed measure.


SEC awards whistleblower $1.8M for 'extensive' assistance


The SEC awarded more than $1.8 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance were “critically important” to the success of an enforcement action involving misconduct committed overseas.


GE whistleblower report shines light on insurance liability


Recent whistleblower allegations against GE have put a spotlight on mounting liabilities that will hit corporate balance sheets when insurance accounting rules shift.


Is whistleblowing working? New claims raise questions


Sweeping, open allegations of fraud against major public companies raise fresh questions about the effectiveness of regulatory whistleblower programs.


GE rails against new whistleblower allegations of fraud


GE picks apart new whistleblower allegations of $38 billion accounting fraud. “Market manipulation—pure and simple,” says Chairman and CEO Larry Culp.


House considers creating PCAOB whistleblower program


The House is considering a bill that would give the PCAOB a whistleblower system under Sarbanes-Oxley like the one operated by the SEC.


Cisco’s $8.6M settlement for security flaws has broader ramifications


Cisco has reached an $8.6 million settlement for knowingly selling video surveillance software with critical security vulnerabilities. It’s believed to be the first cyber-security whistleblower case of its kind successfully litigated under the False Claims Act.


Overseas whistleblowers continue to fuel SEC program


Foreign national whistleblowers play a strong role in the SEC’s whistleblower program, highlighted by the most recent award of $500,000 to an overseas informant. This latest payout appears to mark at least the 13th time the SEC has awarded an overseas whistleblower.


Novartis sets aside $700M in kickback case


Swiss pharmaceutical drug maker Novartis announced it has set aside $700 million for a potential settlement in a long-running lawsuit over allegations that the company paid hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks to doctors to induce them into prescribing drugs to patients to boost their sales.


CFTC issues joint $2M whistleblower award


The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced on July 1 an award of $2 million to two “model whistleblowers” who provided the agency with “significant information” that prompted the CFTC to open an investigation.


CFTC issues reduced whistleblower award of $2.5M


The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has awarded a whistleblower $2.5 million for assisting it in an investigation, but the award could have been larger if the report was made sooner, the CFTC said.


SEC awards whistleblower $4.5M in landmark case


For the first time ever, the Securities and Exchange Commission has awarded a whistleblower whose internal reporting led to a successful SEC case and related action.

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Insights on whistleblowers and internal reporting

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Doing the right thing in the face of adversity isn’t always easy, but there’s no question whistleblowing is the ethical choice, whether it be via internal channels or straight to the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Informatica to pay $21.57M in False Claims Act case


The Department of Justice says Informatica will pay over $21 million stemming from a False Claims Act investigation.


Steven Pearlman: The whistleblower’s ally


When it comes to tackling whistleblower cases, Steven Pearlman has the skills, expertise, and legal acumen “in spades.”