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4 June 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. MDT
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT


  • Marcia E. Goodman
    T +1 312 701 7953
  • Lori E. Lightfoot
    T +1 312 701 8680

Whistleblowing and the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Lawson v. FMC LLC— What Outside Consultants, Firms and Subcontractors Need to Know Now?

In Lawson v. FMC LLC, the US Supreme Court held that the whistleblower protections under Section 1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) extend not only to employees of publicly held companies, but also to the employees of the privately held “contractors” who provide services to public companies. This decision dramatically extends government-enforced remedies for retaliation to a significant number of employees of private companies, including employees of accounting firms, consulting firms, and law firms.

Please join Dana Douglas, Marcia Goodman and Lori Lightfoot as they discuss Lawson’s implications for private employers, including professional services firms. During this one-hour program, they will discuss:

  • The whistleblower protections available under Section 1514A of SOX;
  • How an employee files a whistleblower complaint and what the complaint may mean for the employer;
  • Risk management steps that private employers should be taking now to minimize the impact of Lawson;
  • Ethical concerns associated with a private employee blowing the whistle on its client.

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