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Lawson v. FMR LLC (US 2014)

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Supreme Court Dramatically Expands Coverage of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

Franczek Radelet P.C • March 10, 2014
In Lawson v. FMR LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the whistleblower protections found in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) protect from retaliation employees of privately held contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies—and not just those employed directly by a public company.

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Liability

Ogletree Deakins • March 05, 2014
This morning the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3, holding that the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protect not only the employees of regulated public companies but also the employees of contractors and subcontractors of those companies. By reaching into the workforces of companies that are not themselves regulated by Sarbanes-Oxley, but merely do business with regulated companies, the Court, through this decision, has vastly increased the scope of potential whistleblower claims. This increased scope will likely result in more Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower litigation and, in particular, more litigation against non-public companies.

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