9th Circ. SOX Ruling May Curb More Than Media Leaks

Law360, New York (June 2, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit's recent landmark ruling that the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act do not protect employees who release information to the media could persuade other courts to read the law equally narrowly in other contexts, forcing employees to think twice about what they reveal, and to whom, attorneys say.

On May 3, the Ninth Circuit ruled that Sarbanes-Oxley prohibits public companies from retaliating against employees who disclose evidence of fraud to only three entities — federal regulatory or law enforcement agencies, Congress or workplace...
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