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The Obama administration has created a task force charged with investigating fraud in connection with the packaging and sale of residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS).  Dubbed the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, the task force is a collaborative effort between the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and many United States Attorneys’ Offices […]

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SEC Issues First Annual Report On Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just issued its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, for Fiscal Year 2011.  Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which was passed in 2010, the SEC is required to issue an annual report on its activities under the new securities […]

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On August 12, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) new Office Of The Whistlebower officially opened its doors and launched its website.  The official opening coincided with the effective date for the final rules implementing the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”).  The Dodd-Frank Act created […]

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Hewlett Packard Reaches Agreement In Principle To Pay $50 Million To Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

On August 2, 2010, Hewlett Packard (HP) announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay the Government $50 million to settle a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act.  The lawsuit alleged that HP was involved in a scheme with Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Accenture PLC […]

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Insider Trading Whistleblowers Receive $1 Million Reward From SEC

Two whistleblowers recently received a $1 million reward from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for providing information in connection with an insider trading case against the hedge fund Pequot Capital and its CEO Arthur Samberg.  The reward was part of a $28 million settlement to resolve allegations by the SEC that Mr. Samberg traded on […]

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Wall Street Reform Passes Congress, Increases Whistleblower Protections And Rewards

On July 15, 2010, Congress gave final approval of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act (H.R. 4173).  President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law next week.  The aim of the bill is to transform financial regulation in light of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill contains a number of whistleblower provisions designed […]

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SEC Whistleblower Program Moves Forward In Congress

The House Financial Services Committee recently voted 41 to 28 in favor of a bill known as the Investor Protection Act of 2009, being sponsored by Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-Pa).  Kanjorski is Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises.  The bill is H.R. 3817.   One part […]

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