October 10, 2017

Stris & Maher Files Brief in Whistleblower Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Today, Daniel Geyser filed a merits brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers (No. 16-1276). The firm represents Paul Somers, a former Vice President of a real-estate investment trust. Somers alerted senior management to possible securities violations by the company, but was fired in retaliation before he could disclose the misconduct to the SEC.  The Supreme Court will decide whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections apply to individuals who report wrongdoing internally instead of reporting to the SEC. The case is set for oral argument on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

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)
Digital Realty Trust V. Somers May Kill Corporate Compliance (Law360, September 21, 2017) (subscription required)