SOX Doesn't Protect Boeing Auditors' Media Leak: Judge

Law360, New York (February 10, 2010, 1:38 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled that Boeing Co. did not violate the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act when it fired two auditors for leaking information to a newspaper, a ruling attorneys said was the first of its kind in the country.

Judge John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued the ruling Tuesday, agreeing with Boeing that communications with the media are not protected by the act.

"Congress has made clear that while Sarbanes-Oxley was intended to protect...
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