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Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Sylvester wins at ARB in a victory for all whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Healthcare, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals
On May 25, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued a major decision in favor of whistleblowers. In Sylvester v. Parexel International, ARB Case No. 07-123 (ARB May 25, 2011), the ARB held that a whistleblower only needs a "reasonable belief" of a violation to engage in protected activity under the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The ARB … Continue Reading

SEC’s Dodd-Frank rules are a major victory for whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. By a vote of 3-2, the SEC approved these final rules this morning. The SEC has released a fact sheet summarizing the new rules. The outcome is a major victory for whistleblowers.  The SEC rejected proposals put forward … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit denies protection for going to the media

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
In a major setback for whistleblowers, a panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has decided that going to the media can never be protected activity under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The decision, issued in the case of Tides v. Boeing Corporation, upheld the firing of two Boeing employees, Nicholas P. Tides (a compliance specialist) and Matthew C. … Continue Reading