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Client Alert: DOJ Whistleblower Pilot Program

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division recently unveiled its Whistleblower Pilot Program, signaling a pivotal shift in the landscape of corporate enforcement and accountability. The program is slated to take effect “later this year.” Here’s why you should take notice: 1. A New Era of Incentives The DOJ recognizes that people and corporations respond to incentives. The carrot-and-stick approach, previously seen in the DOJ’s Voluntary Self-Disclosure Program for corporations, now extends to individual whistleblowers. In this spirit, the Whistleblower Pilot Program aims to reward individuals who come forward with significant corporate or financial misconduct that the government is not yet aware of. 2. Financial […]

Pro-Employee Whistleblower Standard Embraced by SCOTUS Article

Pro-Employee Whistleblower Standard Embraced by SCOTUS

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On February 8, 2024, a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruled that whistleblowers bringing a retaliatory discharge claim under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) are not required to prove that the employer acted with “retaliatory intent,” but need only prove that their “protected activity” was a “contributing factor” in the employer’s unfavorable personnel action.  The ruling reversed a Second Circuit decision which had overturned a $900,000 jury verdict in favor of a former employee against UBS Securities, LLC.[1] The Court’s ruling is yet another disappointment for businesses hoping for greater judicial protection from the growing number of retaliation claims.[2] Justice Sotomayor’s […]

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