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Rules for Whistleblowers: A Handbook for Doing What’s Right
by Stephen M. Kohn (Lyons Press, 2023)

An important overview of all aspects of whistleblower law appropriate for students at all levels.

This resource page is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of whistleblower law. The topics covered range from anti-retaliation laws to the False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and transnational whistleblower protection. The page also includes information on winning a case, damages, and attorney fees, as well as the historical significance of whistleblowers, including those who blew the whistle during the American Revolution.

Pickering v. Board, 391 US 563.

Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, 539 U.S. 90.

Burlington Northern v. White, 548 U.S. 53, 68.

Bechtel Construction v. SOL, 50. F.3d 926, 934 (11th Cir. 1995)

Reich v. Hoy Shoe, 32 F.3d 361

Kohn, Rules for Whistleblowers, Rules 26 – 35.

KBR Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Barko v. Halliburton Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36490 (D.D.C. March 6, 2014).

Upjohn v. U.S., 449 U.S. 383.

Macktal v. Brown & Root, 86-ERA-23 (Order of Secretary of Labor dated October 13, 1993).

SEC Press Release (April 1, 2015).

SEC Enforcement Action (April 1, 2015).

Connecticut Light &Power v. Sec. of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, 85 F.3d 89 (2nd Cir 1996)

Kohn, Rules for Whistleblowers, Rule 14.

Sarbanes Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1514A

Lawson v. FMR LLC134 S. Ct. 1158

Sylvester v. Parexel International2007-SOX-39/42

Halliburton v. ARB, 771 F.3D 254

Deltek, Inc. v. Department of Labor2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9274

Obstruction of Justice, Retaliation Against Whistleblowers 18 U.S. Code § 1513

Sarbanes-Oxley Act Audit Committee 15 U.S.C. § 78j-1 (m)(4)

Rules for Whistleblowers: Rules 16, 26 – 27.

Civil Service Reform Act, 5 U.S.C § 2302

Whistleblower Protection Act, 5 U.S.C. § 1211-115, 1218-1219, 1221-1222

Lloyd-LaFollette Act 5 U.S.C. § 7211

Pickering v. Board, 391 US 563 (1968).

Lane v. Franks, 134 S. Ct. 2369 (2014)

Sanjour v.United States EPA56 F.3d 85

Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410

Marano v DOJ, 2 F 3d 1137, 1140

Chambers v. Department of Interior, 602 F.3d 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2010Lejouin

Kohn, Rules for Whistleblowers, Rules 28 – 30.

42 U.S.C. § 1988

Perdue v. Kenny559 U.S. 542 (2010)

Hensley v. Eckerhart461 U.S. 429 (1983)

Blum v. Stenson465 U.S. 886 (1984)

Missouri v. Jenkins491 U.S. 247 (1989)

Hobby v. Georgia Power Co., 90-ERA-30

Reich v. Cambridgeport Air System26 F.3d 1187

Walters v. City of Atlanta, 803 F.2d 1135

Albemarle Paper Co. v. Moody422 U.S. 405,418-419

Salazar v. District of Columbia809 F.3d 58

Kohn, Rules for Whistleblowers, Rules 36 – 37.

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