Rule 17: Beware of “Hotlines”

Rule 17: Beware of “Hotlines”


Alert: In February 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers that corporate whistleblowers are not protected under the Dodd-Frank Act if they report only to internal compliance programs. The Court held that a whistleblower must report to the Securities and Exchange Commission to obtain anti-retaliation protections. Although this ruling only concerns the Dodd-Frank Act, its interpretation of this provision could apply to other whistleblower laws that don’t explicitly protect internal whistleblowers. This includes OSHA whistleblower laws, banking whistleblower laws, and most environmental whistleblower laws.


Tools When Reporting By Hotline

Should I report my concerns internally or to a corporate compliance program? (FAQs)

Resources for Compliance Reporting

Statutes and Regulations 

Compliance Rules under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

Key Cases 

Updates and Blogs 

Additional Materials

Whistleblower Attorneys

Stephen M. Kohn – Founding Partner

Michael D. Kohn – Founding Partner

David K. Colapinto – Founding Partner

Mary Jane Wilmoth – Managing Partner

Todd Yoder – Associate Attorney

Kelsey Condon – Associate Attorney

Maraya Best – Associate Attorney

Siri Nelson – Legal Fellow



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