Sylvester v. Parexel International

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In Brief

The ARB made a sweeping decision making the standards for analysis of SOX claims significantly more favorable for employees who blow the whistle.

What Happened in Court

In a sweeping decision, the Administrative Review Board changed numerous aspects of the analysis applied to SOX whistleblower claims. The decision brought employee-favorable shifts in the details that an employee must articulate as part of his or her claim, the degree of reasonableness of an employee’s decision to blow the whistle, and the details an employee must state with regard to securities laws. Essentially, the case made it much easier for employees to blow the whistle without having to complete an in-depth investigation beforehand.