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A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

In a ground-breaking decision, on March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 571 U.S. __ Case 12-3 (Mar. 4, 2014), that §1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides a right of action for...more

International Employment Law Review - March 2014 - Issue 5

Welcome to the latest edition of the International Employment Law Review, presented by Dechert’s Labor and Employment Practice. In this issue, we examine the most significant employment law developments in Belgium, England...more

Global HR Hot Topic—March 2014: Global Compensation, Bonus and Benefits Plan Checklist

Business imperatives push multinationals to expand at least some of their pay, bonus and benefits offerings internationally. This is why in recent years we have seen multinationals globalize many compensation and benefits...more

Supreme Court: Arbitrators, Not Courts, Decide Whether A Suit May Proceed To Arbitration

On March 5, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an arbitration panel’s award and broadened arbitrators’ authority to determine preliminary issues in arbitration agreements. Although the case concerned a treaty dispute between...more

Employment Law - Mar 05, 2014

Time To Review Severance Agreements - Why it matters: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint against CVS Pharmacy last week. The Illinois federal court suit claims the national chain violated...more

Can SOX Go Overseas? The Debate Continues

The continuing controversy over whether retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("SOX") cover activities outside the United States continues to play out in the courts and administrative bodies. The two leading cases...more

Complaint about Foreign Tax Violations Sunk Under SOX

On February 12, 2014, the Fifth Circuit in Villanueva v. U.S. Department of Labor held that an employee did not engage in protected activity under SOX when he reported alleged violations of Columbian tax laws to U.S....more

Court Upholds Forum Selection Clause Over Plaintiff's Claims of Inconvenience and Expense

A senior manager alleging claims against his former employer arising out of the early termination of an incentive plan will have to take his case abroad. In Wolf v. TBG Limited, C.A. No. 13-3315 (Jan. 28, 2014), the United...more

International Forum Selection Clause Enforceable Against Employee, Says The Second Circuit

Martinez v. Bloomberg, LP, No. 12-3654 (2d Cir. Jan. 14, 2014): The Second Circuit confirmed that international forum selection and choice of law clauses in cross-border employment agreements are enforceable. Here, a former...more

Woolworths redundancy appeal referred to ECJ

Alan Chalmers, a Partner in our Sheffield office comments: the Court of Appeal decided yesterday to make a reference to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the controversial Woolworths/Ethel Austin collective redundancy...more

Courts confirm: Dodd-Frank whistleblowers must report to the SEC, Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections do not extend to conduct...

A recent decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act only confer protections to whistleblowers who report...more

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection: For America Only

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act do not apply outside the United States, even where the employee alleged he was...more

New Case Demonstrates the Importance of Forum Selection Clauses

On November 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion filed by a company to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former Libya-based employee. This decision ended the company's...more

District Court Holds Anti-Retaliation Provision of Dodd-Frank Act Does Not Apply in Case Virtually Lacking Any U.S. Connections

A recent decision in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has reinforced the United States Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on the extraterritorial application of federal statutes....more

New York Court Declines To Find Extraterritorial Reach Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

Liu v. Siemens A.G., No. 13-CV-317(WHP) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 21, 2013) (Pauley, J.): Judge William H. Pauley III dismissed a retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank)...more

Southern District of New York Limits Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections to the United States

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York limited the scope of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act anti-retaliation provisions for whistleblowers to the United States, dismissing a...more

Long Arm of ERISA Tags Non-US Parent Company With Pension Liabilities of Its US Subsidiary

A non-United States entity seeking to acquire a United States entity should be aware that the acquisition may expose the non-US entity to any pension plan termination and withdrawal liabilities of the US target entity in...more

There She Blows!: Another Court Rules Against Extraterritorial Application of Whistleblower Protections

Last week, whistleblowers reporting potential violations occurring outside of the United States again found themselves on the outside looking in at protections afforded to domestic whistleblowers when the Southern District of...more

Siemens Prevails In Whistleblower Challenge – Demonstrates The Importance Of Internal Reporting

This week, Siemens won a rare courtroom victory when a federal judge ruled that a former employee could not sue the company for wrongful termination under Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower provisions. The case was dismissed when the...more

Court Finds Dodd-Frank Does Not Apply To Foreign Whistleblowers

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a case with prejudice by an employee whistleblower that lived in Taiwan. The court stated there is no evidence that Congress intended...more

PBGC Finds Deep Pocket in Japan: U.S. Court Finds Parent Liable for Termination Underfunding

As the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) faces increasing strain on the pension insurance program it runs, it has become more aggressive in pursuing deep pockets after underfunded defined benefit plans are...more

Legal Alert: Southern District of New York Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation...

Over the past three years, federal courts have confronted a number of unsettled questions raised by the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The latest development...more

Dodd-Frank Retaliation Cases Continue To Be a Mixed Bag For Companies

Two new Dodd-Frank decisions over the last week contain mixed results for employers. In Liu v. Siemens A.G., Judge Pauley in the Southern District of New York held that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision does not...more

SDNY Says No Extraterritorial Application For Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision

In Liu v. Siemens A.G., No. 13 Civ. 317 (WHP), slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 21, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the anti-retaliation protections found in Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: Notable Developments in Russian Employment Law

Significant New Amendments to the Russian Labor Code - During the first half of 2013, a number of amendments were introduced into the Russian Labor Code. These amendments relate to remote employment, production...more

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