ARB Ruling Offers Broad View Of SOX Protections

Law360, New York (May 27, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT) -- In a ruling lawyers say is a boon for complainants in Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower cases, the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board on Wednesday reversed the dismissal of claims from two women who alleged a pharmaceutical research company fired them for speaking up about fraud.

The ARB's en banc decision offered a broad take on the scope of protected activity under SOX, saying, among other things, that heightened pleading standards established by two U.S. Supreme Court cases should not be used for SOX whistleblower claims....
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