The world has now lived with the FCPA for more than 40 years and with hyper-enforcement for more than a decade.… Continue Reading
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has warned investment advisers and broker-dealers to comply with the Dodd-Frank whistleblower-protection rule.
The SEC’s office of compliance inspections and examinations said in a risk alert (pdf) it will look for illegal restrictions on individuals communicating with the SEC about potential securities law offenses.… Continue Reading
Health Net Inc. paid a $340,000 penalty Tuesday to the SEC for illegally using severance agreements that required outgoing employees to waive their ability to obtain monetary awards from the SEC’s whistleblower program.… Continue Reading
David J. Marshall: SEC breaks new ground, bans employer-imposed waiver of right to whistleblower award
The Securities and Exchange Commission sent a strong message to employers nationwide last week when it issued a cease-and-desist order against a company that required departing employees, as a condition of receiving severance, to sign an agreement waiving their right to any award from the SEC Whistleblower Program for reporting securities law violations.… Continue Reading
Oil and gas services firm KBR said in its quarterly report Friday that the DOJ has contacted the company in connection with an investigation of Unaoil.
The Huffington Post/Fairfax Media reported a month ago that Monaco-based Unaoil acted as an intermediary to pay bribes for big international companies, mainly from the oil and gas sector.… Continue Reading
Centerra Services International Inc., formerly known as Wackenhut Services LLC, agreed to pay $7.4 million to resolve allegations that Wackenhut violated the False Claims Act by double billing and inflating labor costs under a contract for firefighting and fire protection services in Iraq, the Department of Justice said Monday.… Continue Reading
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced its first enforcement action Wednesday against a company for using restrictive language in confidentiality agreements that could illegally stifle whistleblowing.… Continue Reading