Recent Court Ruling Exposes Mutual Funds to Whistleblower Suits

Mutual fund companies have traditionally argued that they are exempt from the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) because the funds themselves do not have any employees. Massachusetts District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock soundly rejected that argument in a ruling issued March 31 and, in so doing, may have opened the door to a tidal wave of whistleblower suits against mutual fund companies.

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