$10 Million Whistleblower Reward by U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

whistleblower protection lawsThe U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on April 4, 2016 that it awarded over $10 million to a whistleblower.  This is the largest award made by the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program.

The development serves as an important reminder.  Companies are generally aware of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the protections and incentives it provided to whistleblowers, but they perceive Dodd-Frank as an extension of the SEC.  This CFTC award brings Section 748 of Dodd-Frank into focus.  Section 748, codified at 7 U.S.C. §26, empowered the CFTC to protect and reward whistleblowers.  It also authorized the CFTC to refer confidential whistleblower information to DOJ, any other federal agency, State Attorney Generals, and any State agency. 

In short, Section 748 expanded both the breadth of companies governed by Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower protections and the universe of law enforcement agencies with access to the information.

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