White Collar Watch - August 2014

In This Issue:

- Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections

- Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar

- IRS amends whistleblower regulations to expand eligible whistleblowers and potentially increase award amounts

- Excerpt from Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections:

A federal court of appeals has been asked to clarify the scope of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010’s (“Dodd-Frank” or “Act”) whistleblower protections. Specifically, the court has been asked to clarify whether the Act protects whistleblowers who do not complain directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) about potential fraud relating to securities laws. The court’s decision will have a significant impact on how employers respond to employees who disclose internally what they believe are violations of securities laws.

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