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“I couldn’t have navigated the shark invested waters whistleblower face without the passion, dedication, determination, and brilliance of my incredible attorneys.”

“…the three co-founders of the National Whistleblower Center, these are important names, Stephen Kohn, Michael Kohn and David Colapinto, thank you so much for all that you do, they broke the mold with these visionaries and we are all better for it.” – National Whistleblower Day, 2018

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Mary Jane’s Latest Thinking

Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act Includes Whistleblower Protections

November 23rd, 2020|Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

This article was originally published in The National Law Review On October 30, 2020, President Trump signed into law sweeping Olympic reform legislation. The “Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020” provides increased oversight of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s board of directors and governing bodies and includes a whistleblower protection permitting the athletes to report abuses and violations of law to their coaches, U.S. law enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Congress. U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced this sweeping legislation in July of 2019, following an eighteen-month investigation into systemic abuse within the U.S. Olympic movement. The joint investigation was launched the day after Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison and included four subcommittee hearings, interviews with Olympic athletes and survivors, and the retrieval of over 70,000 pages of documents. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee during the 115th Congress, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) developed ...

SEC Publishes New Whistleblower Rules; Deadlines Impact Thousands of Cases

November 5th, 2020|Securities and Commodities Fraud, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Today, the Federal Register published the Whistleblower Program Rule changes approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC" or "Commission") on September 23, 2020. The changes published today not only impact the requirements governing the whistleblower program, but they establish new deadlines relevant to thousands of current or future cases. While the effective date of the rules changes is listed as December 7, 2020, each rule's applicability date should be examined as many are retroactive. "Whistleblowers and whistleblower law practitioners should carefully review the applicability dates of the various rule changes, as these deadlines may have a significant impact on pending or future cases," said Stephen M. Kohn, a whistleblower attorney who specializes in SEC whistleblower cases. "It is critical to understand that while the new rules impact SEC whistleblower cases filed after December 7, 2020, they also potentially affect all pending cases as many of the rules will be applied retroactively," Kohn ...

CFTC Whistleblower Program Sees Huge Increase in Tips and Awards

November 3rd, 2020|Securities and Commodities Fraud, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

According to a report released on November 2, 2020, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) saw a 126% increase in whistleblower tips during 2020. The Commission issued 11 final orders granting 16 whistleblowers awards in 2020, more than doubling the total awards given during 2019. The CFTC whistleblower reward program was established by the 2010 Dodd Frank Act to protect the U.S. economy and the American public. The program pays monetary awards to qui tam whistleblowers who provide information that leads the CFTC to bring a successful enforcement action exceeding a million dollars for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. In its annual report to Congress for FY 2020, the Commission detailed the whistleblower program's success, noting it granted 16 applications for whistleblower awards, totaling approximately $20 million.  These awards were paid to individuals who voluntarily provided original information or analyses that led to successful enforcement actions. There were eleven ...

Our Client Received the Largest Whistleblower Reward in World History of $104 Million

Bradley Birkenfeld broke the back of Swiss bank secrecy. He was the first Swiss banker to file a case under the IRS whistleblower law. The results were unprecedented. UBS bank (at the time the largest bank in the world) had to pay a fine of $780 million. They also had to close all known U.S. accounts, and for the first time in history, the bank turned over the names of 4450 U.S. taxpayers for prosecution in the United States. Mr. Birkenfeld obtained the largest ever individual qui tam whistleblower award in history, $104 million.

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Dedicated to protecting whistleblowers, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) was founded in 1988 by three experienced whistleblower-rights attorneys, Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn and David K. Colapinto. Mary Jane was selected as the NWC’s first Public Interest Law Fellow, and soon became a major leader in the NWC. She currently is the NWC corporate Treasure and serves on its Board of Directors. She founded the whistleblower protection blog, and for years managed many of the NWC’s highly successful programs.

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