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On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on an issue that has long divided the federal courts: whether a whistleblower is entitled to protection from retaliation for blowing the whistle internally even if he or she doesn’t report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Supreme Court granted certiorari of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. et al. which upheld the ability to…
Last week, whistleblowers reporting potential violations occurring outside of the United States again found themselves on the outside looking in at protections afforded to domestic whistleblowers when the Southern District of New York ruled that the anti-retaliation provision of the Dodd-Frank Act does not apply extraterritorially.  This decision followed Asadi v. GE Energy USA LLC, No. 12-345, 2012 WL 25222599 (S.D. Tex. June 28, 2012), in which a district court in Texas reached the same…
Along with back-to-school events and apple picking, corporate-sponsored volunteer opportunities are a hallmark of the Fall season.  September and October traditionally bring runs and walks for charity; nationally and locally coordinated events and “days of giving” for such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters; and other opportunities for companies to give back to their communities.  Encouraging employees to volunteer can benefit not only the community and a company’s public image, but…