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Leading Whistleblower Lawyer Quoted About Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Law
In an article titled Questions Linger After Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rulings, Law 360 reporter Ben James discusses decisions in Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation lawsuits and important unsettled questions about the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections. The article highlights the key issues concerning the scope of protection that courts are starting to define, including: 1) whether internal whistleblower disclosures are protected under the whistleblower protection provision of the Dodd-Frank Act; 2) the causation standard that whistleblowers must meet to prove retaliation under Dodd-Frank; 3) the extraterritorial application of Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protection provisions; and 4) whether Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower claims can be waived in a separation agreement.
The article quotes whistleblower attorney Jason Zuckerman about the scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protection:
Lawyers say a circuit split on the question of whether a whistleblower has to complain directly to the U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission to be protected is likely in the near future.
Although the Fifth Circuit’s ruling in Asadi v. GE Energy is the only appellate decision to address the internal disclosure question, the issue has come up in numerous district court decisions, and many had a different outcome.
“A majority of the courts that have construed the anti-retaliation provision of Dodd-Frank have viewed it very broadly,” said Jason Zuckerman, principal at Zuckerman Law, which represents whistleblowers.
Since the Asadi decision, district courts in Massachusetts and New York have broken ranks with the Fifth Circuit and found that internal disclosures are protected, Zuckerman said, adding that he believes the Asadi holding ignored congressional intent.
At least five different district court decisions, issued pre-Asadi, have held that internal disclosures are protected, according to Zuckerman. Those rulings include a New York federal court’s May 2013 denial of UBS AG’s bid to dismiss claims from a former mortgage-backed securities strategist, as well as a September 2012 ruling from a Connecticut federal court in a case against Trans-Lux Corp.
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- Eric Bachman and Jason Zuckerman served in senior positions at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. At OSC, they oversaw investigations of whistleblower claims and obtained corrective action or relief for whistleblowers.
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