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Co-Managing Partner David Kovel speaks at 22nd Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference on October 26, 2022

10/27/2022
Co-Managing Partner David Kovel recently spoke at the 22nd annual Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) conference on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. TAF is a non-profit, public interest organization committed to supporting and encouraging whistleblowers who reveal fraud in government and financial markets.

Mr. Kovel joined moderator Hamsa Mahendranathan from Constantine Cannon and expert panelists including Charlene Fulmer from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Zac Arbitman from Feldman Shepard LLP on the Antitrust and Fraud Enforcement panel at 4 PM EDT. The panelists covered the relationship between antitrust violations and whistleblower suits, and Mr. Kovel presented a case study of Department of Justice and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) actions regarding FX and LIBOR manipulations. Additionally, Mr. Kovel and his co-panelists discussed the current legal landscape and their predictions for the future.

Mr. Kovel has been recognized as an antitrust and commodities litigation expert and frequently comments on these matters. He has additionally argued significant commodities, antitrust, and whistleblower matters before various appeals courts and recently represented a whistleblower client who was awarded nearly $200 million by the whistleblower program of the CFTC. This landmark CFTC whistleblower award is the largest, publicly-announced single whistleblower award arising under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower reward programs (the CFTC and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)) as well as under other whistleblower programs, including the IRS and the federal and state False Claims Acts.