The Plight Of The First SOX Whistleblower

Law360, New York (January 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- There has been a great deal of commentary regarding the fate of David Welch, the first individual to seek the protections of the so-called whistleblower provisions set forth in Section 806 of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX).

Section 806 was adopted to protect employees and certain other persons associated with public companies from retaliation because they provided information about potentially unlawful conduct. Mr. Welch’s attempts to avail himself of the protections of those provisions have met with failure.

Many advocates for the rights of employees...
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