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SEC Posts Cases Eligible For Whistleblower Rewards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (yes, it’s real) published its first list of enforcement actions that might be eligible for whistleblower rewards. It includes FCPA-related cases.

On the November 1 list — under the heading of ‘Claim an Award’ — are completed enforcement actions against companies and people that resulted in judgments or orders issued after July 21, 2010 with sanctions of more than $1 million.

FCPA-related enforcement actions on the list include ABB, Alcatel-Lucent, S.A., Alliance One, Comverse Technology, GE, Diageo plc, GlobalSantaFe, Johnson & Johnson, Maxwell Technologies, Noble Corp, Panalpina, Pride Inc, RAE Systems, Rockwell Automation, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Tidewater, Transocean, Tyson Foods, and Universal Corporation. (Our posts about all of them can be found by following the tags below.)

‘Subject to the Final Rules,’ the Office of the Whistleblower said, ‘individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award.’

The SEC said that ‘once a Notice of Covered Action is posted, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award by submitting a completed Form WB-APP to the Office of the Whistleblower by midnight on the claim due date listed for that action.’

Appearing on the list doesn’t mean a whistleblower has or will be rewarded for information, only that it might happen.

As the SEC said in an ‘Important Note:’

The inclusion of a Notice below means only that an order was entered with monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. By posting a Notice for a particular case, we are not making any determinations either that (i) a whistleblower tip, complaint or referral led to the Commission opening an investigation or filing an action with respect to the case or (ii) an award to a whistleblower will be paid in connection with the case.

View the Office of the Whistleblower’s ‘Claim an Award’ site here.


Special thanks to a good friend for providing the link to the SEC’s November 1 list.

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