Case Law Summaries

Federal - Whistleblower Protection

Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, No. 16-1276, decided 2/21/18. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank act only apply to whistleblowers who reported violations to the SEC. The statute’s definition of “whistleblower” unambiguously precluded expanding the term to cover people like the plaintiff in this case, who reported suspected securities law violations internally, but not to the SEC.

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