Wrongful Termination Claims May Invoke Whistleblower Protections in COVID-19

May 2020 The wave of coronavirus related litigation has already begun and will no doubt continue many years into the future, especially considering the case backlog that the pandemic has exacerbated.  As described in recent articles, areas of litigation include (but are by no means limited to) Price gouging Failure to provide good faith insurance [...]

Case Demonstrates the Limits of Whistleblower Protection

December 2014 The efforts to encourage and protect whistleblowers have been wide-reaching. However there are differences between the rewards and the protections based on the agency and laws involved. A recent case entitled Gary Vander Boegh v. EnergySolutions, Inc. demonstrated that not all protections are equal. The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) hired Mr. Vander [...]

Whistleblower Program to Pay $30 Million for a Late Report from Overseas

October 2014 The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has announced that it will award over $30 million in its latest high profile payout to a whistleblower who provided key original information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The award is getting a lot of attention for a number of reasons. This $30 million [...]

Whistleblower Protection Does Not Require Fraud On Shareholders

June 2013 A recent decision has clarified the reach of the protections offered to whistleblowers under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”).  In the matter of Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Administrative Review Board, United States Department of Labor, it has been determined that SOX whistleblower protection extends beyond employee reporting of frauds [...]