Bloomberg Law Securities Law Daily interviewed whistleblower attorney Dallas Hammer about the scope of protected whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act for an article titled High Court Petitioned on Whistle-Blower Retaliation Issue. The article reports that Digital Realty Trust is requesting Supreme Court review of a Ninth Circuit decision holding that the Dodd-Frank Act protects internal whistleblowing. The Ninth Circuit’s decision is available here.
Antoinette Gartrell’s article notes that Digital Realty’s petition for certiorari asserts that the circuit split about the scope of Dodd-Frank protected whistleblowing “cries out for the Court’s review.” The article then quotes Hammer:
Virginia attorney Dallas Hammer of Zuckerman Law agreed. He said that the deeper the circuit split, the more likely the Supreme Court is to resolve an issue to promote consistency throughout the country. If the high court determines that “reporting out” is required, Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision will likely become “a dusty, rarely-used cautionary tale about sloppy drafting,” he said.
Zuckerman Law represents corporate whistleblowers in whistleblower rewards and whistleblower retaliation claims, including claims under the whistleblower protection provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Mr. Hammer has written extensively about protections for cybersecurity whistleblowers, including the following publications:
- The Rise of Cybersecurity Whistleblowing, NYU Law Compliance & Enforcement Blog (December 2016)
- Cybersecurity Whistleblowing: What Employees at Public Companies Should Know Before Reporting Information Security Concerns, ISSA Journal (June 2016)
Recently, Corporate Crime Reporter interviewed Mr. Hammer about cybersecurity whistleblowing. A summary of the interview is available online at Dallas Hammer on the Rise of Cybersecurity Whistleblowing.