Whistleblowing isn’t an issue most lawyers deal with, particularly those of us whose practices involve the daily issues of life — car accidents, workplace injuries, interpretation of contracts and insurance policies, probate and estate planning, family law, and the more commonplace areas of criminal law.
But it’s fertile ground for crime writers, especially writers of thrillers where plots may turn on issues with national or international consequences. An article in a recent issue of NWLawyer, a publication of the Washington State Bar Association, titled “Whistleblower Update: Recent Court Decisions Broaden Whistleblower Protections,” suggests that the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank bill related to finance and securities are likely to stay in force, at least for a few years. It discusses the bounty program, providing rewards to those who share certain information with the SEC or other agencies, and the anti-retaliation provision, and recent case law.
If someone’s blowing the whistle in your pages, take a look.
(And don’t worry: The author is a lawyer but it’s well-written — you don’t have to be a lawyer to understand it!)