Supreme Court to decide if an internal complaint is enough to protect whistleblowers

Dodd-Frank protects individuals who provide “information relation to violation of the securities laws to the [SEC].” The SECC rules issued in 2011 interpret those protections to cover individuals who make disclosures internally, as well as directly to the SEC. The Second and Ninth Circuits agree with the SEC, and the Fifth Circuit disagrees. The case, Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, is scheduled to be heard this term.

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