Category: Dodd-Frank Act

Free Webinar on July 28th to Celebrate Whistleblower Appreciation Day – #ilovewhistleblowers

Join whistleblower attorney Clayton Wire on July 28th at 12:00 pm MST at ilovewhistleblowers.com for a free webinar: Whistleblower Protections & Incentives. This webinar, and the other information on ilovewhistleblowers.com, are a celebration of the 239th anniversary of America’s first whistleblower statute, which has become Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The webinar will discuss the history of…




Supreme Court Will Resolve Circuit Split Over the Definition of a “Whistleblower” Under the Dodd-Frank Act’s Anti-Retaliation Provision: Digital Realty Trust v. Somers

Today the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to resolve a split between the Ninth and Second Circuits on one hand, and the Fifth Circuit on the other, regarding the scope of anti-retaliation protection under the Dodd-Frank Act. In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, Case No. 16-1276, the Supreme Court will determine whether,…



In-House Counsel as Whistleblowers Under the Dodd-Frank Act

I recently posted a blog regarding my article on in-house counsel as whistleblowers, which is available here. This post is a deeper dive into the Dodd-Frank Act’s protections for attorney whistleblowers and eligibility for bounties under the Act. The Dodd-Frank Act contains anti-retaliation provisions that may relate to in-house counsel as whistleblowers. In particular, the…




Article on In-House Attorney Whistleblowers

The recent $10 million jury award to a general counsel turned whistleblower in Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02356 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 20, 2016), which I will address in a deeper dive in a few days, highlights the complexities of whistleblower claims by in-house counsel. I recently published an article on the very issue…




New York Attorneys May be Precluded from Submitting Information Under Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Bounty Provision

The Dodd-Frank Act contains a “bounty” provision intended to incentivize whistleblowers to disclosure information to the SEC regarding violations of U.S. securities and trading statutes and other statutes administered by the SEC.  It is now questionable whether New York attorneys, whether in-house or outside, can qualify for such awards if they disclose the confidential information…




Retention of Employer Documents by Whistleblowers Part 6—Retaining Documents as Protected Activity Under the Dodd-Frank Act

One of the most recent and broad whistleblower laws enacted at the federal level was contained in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).  Although there is little caselaw on the statute and the protections it may provide for whistleblowers who collect, retain, and disclose information evidencing wrongful conduct, the Dodd-Frank…