Legal Alert - Federal Courts Endorse an Expanded Definition of a "Whistleblower" - Companies Should Carefully Consider the Who and How When Claims Are Made


by Joseph G. Adams

Federal courts are following the lead of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in adopting an expansive view of who can be a “whistleblower” under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Recent decisions are treating employees as whistleblowers even if they raise issues that do not necessarily constitute a violation of the securities laws and even if they do not follow the formal processes set forth by the SEC.

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