Sixth Circuit Skirts Jurisdictional Issue in Denying Reinstatement to Alleged SOX Whistleblower

In Solis v. Tennessee Commerce Bancorp, Inc., a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit recently reversed a lower court’s decision to enforce a preliminary order by the Department of Labor (“DOL” or “Department”) to reinstate an alleged whistleblower under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”). The court avoided determining whether it had authority under SOX to enforce preliminary orders, instead deciding the case based on the “balance of harms” test that applies in all cases seeking preliminary injunctive relief.

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