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Supreme Court Ties SEC’s Hands in Whistleblower Case

With its decision in Digital Realty v. Somers, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to companies interested in learning of their own securities violations before the government gets the heads-up. The case’s outcome means whistleblowers who might have reported violations internally will be incentivized to bypass their own companies’ compliance mechanisms in favor of immediate reporting to the SEC.

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With its February 21 decision in Digital Realty v. Somers, No. 16-1276, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to companies interested in learning of their own securities violations before the government gets the heads-up. The case’s outcome means whistleblowers who might have reported violations internally will be incentivized to bypass their own companies’ compliance mechanisms in favor of immediate reporting to the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

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