Few Avenues To Protection For Foreign FCPA Whistleblowers

Law360 (April 17, 2019, 12:07 PM EDT) -- A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.,[1] made headlines in the legal community by addressing an important topic: protections for employees who allege facts that if true would be violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. While Wadler itself is notable, it also falls within a larger pattern of federal courts interpreting whistleblower protection statutes narrowly, especially when the employees raise allegations about international business and potential FCPA violations abroad. 

This article summarizes five key decisions — including Wadler — after providing a short recap of the relevant whistleblower statutes. In general, these decisions are...

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