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Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

Where the Whistle Blows: Justices Express Doubt That Dodd-Frank Protection Shields Internal Whistleblowing

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, it bolstered protections for whistleblowers who report certain kinds of misconduct, such as violations of securities law. At the time, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act already provided...more

The Arguments in Digital Realty: A Glimpse of Future Battles

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court heard argument in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276. The case centers on the question of who is a whistleblower and entitled to the protections of the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation...more

The Supreme Court To Clarify Who Is A Whistleblower Under The Dodd-Frank Act; Employers Have A Reason To Be Hopeful

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers can be cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hold that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protections apply only to those employees who have made a...more

Is an Internal Whistleblower a “Whistleblower” Entitled to Anti-Retaliation Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act?

Who is a “whistleblower” entitled to protection under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Act”)? In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court will answer that question by...more

Laying Down the Law(son): Jury Returns Defense Verdict in First SOX Whistleblower Case to Reach the U.S. Supreme Court

An individual who convinced a divided U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that Sarbanes-Oxley’s (“SOX”) whistleblower protections extend to the employees of a public company’s contractors and subcontractors has ultimately lost her...more

New York Whistleblower Awarded Over $1 Million...For Now

Last Tuesday, a former JPMorgan wealth manager was awarded $1.13 million by a jury in the Southern District of New York for her claims under the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Nonetheless, the staggering...more

Lack of Bonus Plan Explanation Does Not Violate Sarbanes-Oxley

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) prohibits publicly held employers from retaliating against employees who report illegal conduct that could have a material impact on shareholders. Since SOX was enacted, federal courts have issued...more

Tenth Circuit Vacates ARB Whistleblower Decision

On October 17, 2017, the Tenth Circuit overturned the ARB’s decision in favor of complainant for want of protected activity under SOX. Dietz v. Cypress Semiconductor Corp., No. 16-9529 (Oct. 17, 2017). This decision rolled...more

S.D. Fla. Refuses To Dismiss SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Southern District of Florida recently denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a former employee’s Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, finding that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that she...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

DOL Flip-Flop: SOX's Anti-Retaliation Provisions Apply to Overseas Conduct After All

by Littler on

In a late-August decision with potentially far-reaching implications for foreign and multinational employers, the United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) held that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's (SOX)...more

DOL Allows SOX Claim Where Foreign Whistleblower Alleged Violation of US Law

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) recently held that a former employee of Exelis Systems Corporation who was employed in Afghanistan could bring a SOX claim even though he worked exclusively outside...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

E.D. Pa. Clarifies that Whistleblower Protections under Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts Only Cover Conduct Involving...

A trial court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently ruled that the whistleblower protections of the Dodd-Frank Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) do not necessarily apply to employees of private entities, even if...more

Purported Whistleblower Barred from Pursuing Illinois Retaliatory Discharge Claim

The Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed an Indiana-based employee’s claims for retaliatory discharge in violation of common law, focusing on the nature of the connection (or lack thereof) to Illinois and noting...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

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

Supreme Court Set To Decide Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions protect employees who only complain internally to their employer, but do not complain directly...more

Federal Court Compels Arbitration of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

In a recent decision, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin held that Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims (Section 922 claims) are subject to mandatory arbitration. Wussow v. Bruker Corp., No....more

E.D. Pennsylvania Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim After Plaintiff Fails to Qualify as a Whistleblower

On July 6, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed a whistleblower claim after determining that the plaintiff did not qualify as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

CPA Can’t be a Whistleblower for Non-Public Entities

Reyher v. Grant Thornton, LLP analyzed whether an employee of a CPA firm is protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act for lodging complaints with an employer about suspected illegal activity regarding...more

Employers May Regret Forcing Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Test

While the U.S. Supreme Court may take a narrow view of the Dodd-Frank Act’s protections for whistleblowers by limiting them to those who report violations to the SEC, experts say such a decision could be a “Pyrrhic victory”...more

Investigation Challenges

by Thomas Fox on

Today I conclude my three-part series on internal investigations with Jonathan Marks, a partner at Marcum LLP and a well-known internal investigation expert, by considering some of the challenges you may well face during an...more

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