SEC Must Stop The Latest Effort To Impede Whistleblowers

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT) -- Since Congress established the whistleblower-reward program at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission through passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, we have witnessed the steady drum beat of criticism by management attorneys and the companies they represent that the SEC whistleblower program rewards "bounty hunting" employees who try to benefit from potential violations by reporting problems to the SEC instead of reporting them internally and allowing their companies to investigate and correct the problems. This criticism ignores the very painful reality for many faced with the dilemma of reporting fraud and other securities violations by publicly traded companies or remaining silent: without significant financial incentives, few individuals will incur the often career-derailing professional, reputational and personal risks that go with disclosing such misconduct....

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