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Special Alert: Supreme Court limits definition of “whistleblower” in potentially hollow victory for public companies

Buckley Special Alert

On February 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, a long-anticipated case that clarifies who is protected as a “whistleblower” under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provisions. In a unanimous decision penned by Justice Ginsburg, the Court held that the Dodd-Frank Act protects an individual only if he or she has reported a securities law violation to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)—internal reports are not sufficient.

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If you have questions about the decision or other related issues, please visit our Whistleblower practice page, or contact a Buckley Sandler attorney with whom you have worked in the past.

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