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Hastings Business Law Journal

Authors

Jessica Luhrs

Abstract

This note reviews the whistleblower protections in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. These sweeping protections decrease the barriers and increase the incentives for corporate whistleblowers, in part by decreasing procedural hurdles and providing potentially staggering cash bounties. This note argues that these whistleblower protections go too far and are likely to increase the number of false and meritless claims filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This note concludes that the Securities and Exchange Commission should address these shortcomings and supplement its regulatory efforts by incentivizing corporate transparency, penalizing those who file false claims, and encouraging employers to create internal reporting systems.

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