June 26, 2017

Stris & Maher To Represent Whistleblower Before U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers (No. 16-1276), one of the most significant business cases of the upcoming Supreme Court Term. It addresses the scope of whistleblower protections in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The firm’s client sued Digital Realty for retaliating against him after he internally reported company misconduct that violated federal securities laws. The Supreme Court has granted review to resolve a conflict among lower courts about whether Dodd-Frank protects whistleblowers who report internally but do not also report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The answer will affect thousands of employees and have important consequences for all publicly traded companies.

Daniel Geyser leads the firm’s briefing and will argue the case before the Court this fall.

Related press coverage:
High Court Could Take on Whistle-Blower Retaliation Issue (Bloomberg BNA, June 9, 2017)
Whistleblower, Digital Realty Disagree Over High Court Review (Law360, June 6, 2017) (subscription required)