This story has been updated to show that economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 295,000 last week.
Equinox acquired Sports Club/LA. That fact was misstated in an earlier version of this article.
By the author's calculations, if the SEC Whistleblower Program had been in place when JPMorgan whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann went to regulators with claims of fraud, she could have received up to 30 percent of the $9 billion settlement, which would be $2.7 billion.
This article was withdrawn because the report itwas based on was retracted by the publisher.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly reflected Messina's role at when he was at Google.
An earlier version gave the incorrect title for Matt O'Toole.
An earlier version gave an incorrect name for SnowSports Industries America.
An earlier version gave an incorrect title for Ric Edelman.
This story has been updated to reflect that MOL Global's chief financial officer resigned last month.
This article has been updated since first published to reflect that The Guardian was targeted by the SEA at an earlier date.