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First Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Decision

Corporate Compliance and Regulatory Newsletter

Mark Rochon writes that in the first ruling applying the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 U.S.C. § 1514A, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ordered a bank holding company to rehire its former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), after finding that the company fired the CFO in retaliation for reporting alleged accounting misconduct to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), outside auditors, and others.