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Internal whistleblowers protected by Dodd-Frank, Massachusetts federal court rules

A federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled that whistleblowers who report fraud and other wrongdoing within their company are protected under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, adding to a growing list of U.S. District Court judges who have made similar rulings. The pro-whistleblower rulings contradict the interpretation of a circuit court ruling earlier this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Massachusetts District Court judge issued an opinion Wednesday that “rejected the argument that Richard Ellington, a former employee of New England Investment and Retirement Group Inc., was ineligible for protection from retaliation under Dodd-Frank because he did not report ... Read More

Warren, Mich., mayor sued by whistleblower, settlement talks reported

WARREN, Mich. – A former city administrator has been participating in settlement talks with Warren Mayor James Fouts and other city officials in an effort to resolve whistleblower claims alleging the mayor and city retaliated against him for secretly recording potentially incriminating telephone conversations. James Hartley, a former mayoral appointee who worked as government efficiency analyst for Warren, Michigan’s third-largest city, filed his lawsuit against the city and Mayor Fouts in U.S. District Court in July. Mr. Hartley accuses the defendants of retaliating against him in violation of Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act, which provides protections to potential whistleblowers who would ... Read More