Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses SEC Enforcement Action Highlighting Whistleblower-Related Rules

On April 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) announced settled charges against David Hansen, the co-founder and former Chief Information Officer of a Las Vegas technology company, for violations of Rule 21F-17(a). In settling the charges, Hansen agreed to pay a civil penalty of $97,523. The action, which garnered a spirited dissent from Commissioner Hester Peirce, offers a few important takeaways for companies hoping to avoid running afoul of Rule 21F-17(a) should an employee share concerns about conduct that potentially violates the securities laws.

Rule 21F-17(a). Rule 21F-17(a) prohibits “any action to impede an … Read more