Category: Sarbanes Oxley 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…




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Wells Fargo owes $5.4 Million for Whistleblower Retaliation

OSHA recently awarded a whistleblower $5.4 million in damages against his former employer, Wells Fargo. This award arises under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which contains a strong anti-retaliation provision. In this case, the whistleblower was a bank manager who was terminated after reporting separate incidents of bank, mail and wire fraud by his subordinate bankers….




The Same Action Defense Under SOX is a Daunting Burden

Whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) are governed by a two stage burden-shifting framework. In the first step the whistleblower must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that her protected activity was a contributing factor in the adverse action taken against her. The second step is an affirmative defense, commonly referred to…




In-House Counsel as Whistleblowers Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

I recently published a post on in-house counsel who turn whistleblower, which is available here. This post is a deeper dive into SOX retaliation claims on behalf of in-house counsel. SOX specifically contemplates protection of attorney whistleblowers. Generally, Section 806 of SOX prohibits a publicly traded company, or any contractor or agent of such company,…




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…




8th Circuit Adopts Sylvester Standard for Protected Activity Under SOX

In June 2016 the Eighth Circuit became the latest court to adopt the more lenient and Whistleblower friendly standard for protected activity under the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). In Beacom v. Oracle America, Inc., 825 F.3d 376 (8th Cir. 2016) the court addressed a case brought by a former Vice President of…