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New: Free SEC Whistleblower Information Website –

The Pickholz Law Offices Announces A New Online Encyclopedia:  Everything You Want To Know About The SEC Whistleblower Program The Pickholz Law Offices is pleased to announce that it has launched a new standalone website called SEC Whistleblower Information. The standalone website is free, and requires no login or sign-up to use. As of today, [...]

April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Supreme Court: Whistleblowers Must Report To SEC For Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Opinion in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, a case that has been closely watched by SEC whistleblowers and SEC whistleblower attorneys.  In today’s Opinion, the Supreme Court ruled that employees must report to the SEC in order to be able to claim private Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections. Background Of [...]

February 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Securities Crimes 2018 Update, With Expanded SEC Whistleblower Chapter Authored By Jason Pickholz

Thomson Reuters has released the new 2018 update to the two-volume book Securities Crimes, including an expanded chapter on the SEC whistleblower program.  With this year’s update, the SEC whistleblower chapter has grown to 105 pages plus appendices. Jason Pickholz is a co-author of Securities Crimes.  As one of the first SEC whistleblower lawyers to [...]

January 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Jason Pickholz Interviewed On Bloomberg Radio

Jason Pickholz, Book Author and SEC Whistleblower Lawyer On Bloomberg Radio Discussing Supreme Court Case Involving Whistleblowers -- Jason Pickholz appeared as a guest SEC whistleblower lawyer on Bloomberg Radio to discuss today’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Digital Realty v. Somers.  This case is being closely watched by SEC whistleblower attorneys and corporate lawyers [...]

November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Does The SEC Give Sufficient Notice To Claim An SEC Whistleblower Award?

-- 2 Whistleblowers Ask The Second Circuit To Decide -- Under the SEC whistleblower program, people who provide information about securities frauds to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission can receive monetary whistleblower awards.  Those awards can range from 10% - 30% of the amount of fines and penalties that the SEC collects from the [...]

September 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Study Finds SEC Whistleblower Help Leads To Significantly Larger Financial Penalties

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has posted a report studying the effects that DOJ and SEC whistleblowers have had on financial misrepresentation actions.*  (The “Study”.)  The Study finds a connection between whistleblower assistance and “larger monetary penalties for the targeted firms”.  It also finds that SEC whistleblower help increases the likelihood of the SEC [...]

August 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Can A Government Employee Win An SEC Whistleblower Award?

One of the first questions that a potential SEC whistleblower may ask an SEC whistleblower lawyer is whether he or she is eligible to win an SEC whistleblower award. Sometimes this question can be answered fairly easily.  There are some occasions, though, when the potential whistleblower might be excluded from receiving an award under the [...]

July 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

Do the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provisions protect whistleblowers who report securities frauds or violations to their employers, if they do not also report them to the SEC?  This question is of particular concern to an SEC whistleblower lawyer, who may be faced with a client who has been retaliated against or fired by his or [...]

July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

SEC Fines Barclays Again: $97MM Is The Second Fine In Under 2 Weeks

As a follow-up to my last article, on Wednesday the SEC announced that it has fined Barclays Capital more than $97 million for overcharging three sets of clients by almost $50 million.  The violations took place from September 2010 - December 2015. This was the second time in less than two weeks that the SEC [...]

May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

SEC Fines Barclays Over $12.7 Million For RMBS Supervisory Failures

A preliminary question that many potential SEC whistleblowers ask is whether the SEC has jurisdiction to investigate the type of fraud or misconduct that they have uncovered.  A potential whistleblower will often raise this question in his or her first conversation with an SEC whistleblower lawyer. Among the types of cases that the SEC investigates [...]

May 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|