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SEC adopts Whistleblower Program

Written by Michael Wu

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has adopted rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (“Dodd-Frank Act”) Whistleblower Program.  The Whistleblower Program requires the SEC to pay awards, under regulations prescribed by the SEC and subject to certain limitations, to eligible whistleblowers who voluntarily provide the SEC with original information about a violation of the federal securities laws, or a rule or regulation promulgated by the SEC, that leads to the successful enforcement of a covered judicial or administrative action, or a related action that results in monetary sanctions of more than $1,000,000.  Dodd-Frank Act also prohibits retaliation by employers against individuals who provide the SEC with information about possible securities violations.

To view a full text of the Final Rule, please click here.