Federal Preemption under Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Award Program

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Clark, Kathleen
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6th International Legal Ethics Conference
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This research project examines whether lawyers -- like other corporate insiders -- are able to take advantage of the financial incentives that are available under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower program. Under that program, whistleblowers can be awarded 10-30% of the sanctions that the SEC obtains in enforcement cases. These financial incentives are working, as demonstrated by 3000 whistleblower tips that the SEC receives each year – not just from the United States but also from more than 50 nations. This presentation focuses on the interplay of state and federal authorities in regulating the disclosure options available to securities lawyers.

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