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Rise In Whistleblower Claims Likely With New CFTC Rules, Law360

September 12, 2016

Following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, Congress amended the Commodity Exchange Act to provide the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission with expanded enforcement authority to encourage individuals to report potential commodity trading and securities violations. This new authority, including the ability of the CFTC to issue financial rewards to “whistleblowers,” was considered by some market observers to transform the legal landscape — by giving employees strong financial incentives to report perceived violations to regulators and protecting them from retaliation for doing so.

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