Largest Whistleblower Settlements in 2020

Posted on February 11, 2021

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Fiscal Year 2020 report notes that 2020 is a record year for the Whistleblower Program. Since the program was established in 2011, whistleblower tips have resulted in the Commission awarding 106 individuals approximately $562 million. With awards totaling approximately $175 million to 39 individuals, 2020 is the program’s highest-grossing year in its history. 

Since the end of the Fiscal Year, the Whistleblower Program has continued to reach new milestones. The Commission issued the largest award in its history – $114 million to one whistleblower on October 22nd.

As we end the year and reports continue to come in, we take a look at the largest whistleblower settlements to date in 2020.

SEC Awards Nearly $50 Million To A Single Whistleblower

Date: June 04, 2020
Awarded: $50 million

In June, the SEC awarded nearly $50 million to a whistleblower who provided detailed, firsthand observations of misconduct by a company that resulted in a successful enforcement action that returned a significant sum of money to harmed investors. This is the largest amount ever awarded to a single individual under the SEC’s whistleblower program, eclipsing the $39 million awarded to a whistleblower in 2018. 

Wireless Carriers Verizon, AT&T Pay $116 Million 

Date: Sept. 24, 2020
Awarded: $116 million

Back in September, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, two of the nation’s largest wireless providers, agreed to pay a combined $116 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. The suit claimed that the mobile service providers overcharged California government customers for more than a decade. The case represented the second-largest California False Claims Act settlement outside of the healthcare industry.

SEC Issues Record $114 Million Whistleblower Award

Date: Oct. 22, 2020
Awarded: $114 million

In October of this year, the SEC awarded $114 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to the enforcement of SEC and related actions. The $114 million award consists of an approximately $52 million award in conjunction with the SEC case and a roughly $62 million award resulting from another agency’s actions. 

The combined total marks the highest award in the SEC program’s history, eclipsing the next highest made earlier in June.

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