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A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On April 12, 2017, the Third Circuit partially revived a former in-house attorney’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against his previous employer. Danon v. Vanguard Group, Inc., No. 16-cv-2881....more

What Retirement Plan Sponsors and Employers Need to Know About Cybersecurity Risk and Liabilities

by Winstead PC on

Many employers historically were only concerned with privacy and security for health plans under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)1 and state laws; however, there are other references to...more

Senators Again Seek to Open PCAOB Disciplinary Proceedings

by WilmerHale on

Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) have re-introduced their proposal to open to the public disciplinary proceedings by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board against accountants. Under...more

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit...more

Texas District Court Dismisses SOX Whistleblower Claim For Lack of Protected Activity

On March 21, 2017, the Northern District of Texas dismissed a former employee’s whistleblower retaliation claim on the ground that her allegations of fraud were too far removed from potentially harming the shareholders of a...more

Who is a Whistleblower Now?

by Bryan Cave on

On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit created a new wave in the ongoing debate over the scope of Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation or “whistleblower” protections. In Somers v. Digital Realty...more

A Divided Ninth Circuit Extends Dodd-Frank's Anti-Retaliation Protection for Whistleblowers

by Nossaman LLP on

Without a bright line requirement of an SEC contact to trigger whistleblower status, employers may not learn until after termination that an employee claims to be a whistleblower. Employees often raise internal questions,...more

Where Was the Whistle Blown? Split in Circuits over Retaliation Protection for Reporting Securities Violations

If you report your company for a federal securities violation, just how safe is your job? Curiously, that may depend on where you live. Recently, the Ninth Circuit weighed in, adding to a split among courts across the country...more

Circuit Split on Whistleblower Protections Widens

On March 8, 2017, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that further widened a circuit split on the issue of whether the anti-retaliation provisions in the Dodd-Frank...more

Circuit Split on Whistleblower Protections Widens: Ninth Circuit Follows Second Circuit and Splits with Fifth Circuit in Holding...

On March 8, 2017, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that further widened a circuit split on the issue of whether the anti-retaliation provisions in the Dodd-Frank...more

Ninth Circuit Widens the Circuit Split on Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

by BakerHostetler on

Last week, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., No. 15-17352 (9th Cir. March 8, 2017), in which it held that the anti-retaliation protections of the...more

Ninth Circuit Widens Split on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Ninth Circuit joined the Second Circuit in concluding that the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions protect from retaliation those who report internally at the company but not to the SEC, despite the literal language of...more

Ex-General Counsel Dodged Privilege Claims Before $14.5 Million Verdict

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

In our last post, we detailed how Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, won a $14.5 million verdict against Bio-Rad. Before Wadler could get to a jury, however, he had to surmount a...more

Second Circuit Reverses In Part and Affirms In Part In Appeal From Convictions Under Sarbanes-Oxley and Accessory-After-The-Fact...

On February 23, 2017, the Second Circuit (Chief Judge Katzmann, Judge Winter, and District Judge Sidney Stein, by designation) issued a per curiam decision in United States v. Natal, et al., that led to a partial reversal and...more

Ninth Circuit Decides in Favor of Expanded Whistleblower Protections

by Perkins Coie on

In Somers v. Digital Realty, the Ninth Circuit joins the Second Circuit in holding that whistleblower protections apply to individuals who report securities violations internally, not just to those who report to the...more

Ninth Circuit Adds to Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Protection for Internal Whistleblowers

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protection extends to whistleblowers who report alleged unlawful activity internally but not to the...more

Ninth Circuit — Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

On March 8, 2017, a split three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Northern District of California decision declining to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim because the plaintiff did...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Fraud Claims As Time-Barred And Inadequately Pleaded

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 27, 2017, Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed with prejudice a putative class action brought on behalf of purchasers of Wal-Mart de...more

Maryland District Court Dismisses SOX and Dodd Frank Whistleblower Claims

On March 1, 2017, the District of Maryland dismissed a Dodd Frank whistleblower retaliation claim because the plaintiff failed to allege that he had complained directly to the SEC about a violation of securities laws, and...more

Directors, Officers and Other Responsible Persons Be Aware - Your Vicarious Liability for Your Company’s Violations of Securities...

by Dechert LLP on

A debtor ordinarily may discharge debts in bankruptcy, unless one of several exceptions apply. One of the preclusions to dischargeability of certain debts, found in Section 523(a)(19) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, generally...more

Does Whistleblower Protection Extend To Disclosures To Your Mom Or The Press?

by Allen Matkins on

California and federal law establish ample protections for whistleblowers. These protections can be found in numerous laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and Section 1102.5 of the California Labor...more

The SEC, Financial Fraud and Restatements

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Financial fraud actions have long been a staple of SEC Enforcement. Following Arthur Levitt’s famous “Numbers Game” speech in 1997 for example, the Commission brought a series of blockbuster financial fraud actions that...more

The Snap IPO: Speculation Without (Board) Representation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The just completed IPO of Snap Inc. has received enormous buzz and plenty of press coverage, mostly about its eye-popping valuation and offering proceeds, the big winners among the founders and early investors and the...more

A New Approach to Internal Controls (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission have dedicated more time and energy to understanding a company’s internal controls and enforcing basic requirements that companies maintain effective internal...more

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