2nd Circ. Ruling On Overseas Tipsters Dodges Big Issues

Law360, New York (August 14, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT) -- In its Thursday ruling that the Dodd-Frank Act's whistleblower protections do not cover tipsters outside the United States, the Second Circuit dodged a potentially tricky reading of the U.S. Supreme Court's Morrison decision and left completely untouched a growing dispute over whether internal reporting is covered by the law's anti-retaliation provisions.

Plaintiff Liu Meng-Lin, a former compliance officer at a Siemens AG subsidiary in Asia who claims he was fired after reporting potential corruption, had sought to bring anti-retaliation claims against Siemens in U.S. district court. But Liu had not alleged any of the events related to his firing happened within...

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