On August 24, 2016, the Southern District of New York denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by its former co-CEO and Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors, finding that the Plaintiff made a protected complaint alleging securities law violations to a person with supervisory authority. Kuhns v. Ledger, No. 15-cv-3246.
On August 25, 2016, the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment on its former CEO’s SOX whistleblower claim. The court ruled that Plaintiff’s complaint to the Board of Directors did not implicate any securities violations or fraud, and was not a protected disclosure where it was the Board itself Plaintiff was complaining about. The court also ruled that Plaintiff’s own actions suggested he condoned the conduct on which he purported to blow the whistle. Verfuerth v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., No. 14-cv-352.