Court grants deference to SEC’s interpretation of Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections. A finance director appealed the district court’s dismissal of his claims that his former employer violated the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions when it fired him after he internally reported suspected accounting fraud. The district court held that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections only apply when violations are reported to the SEC. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed and remanded, holding that the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act defining anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers are sufficiently ambiguous and warrant deference to the SEC’s interpretation that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections extend to whistleblowers who report violations internally without making a separate report to the SEC. (9/10/2015) Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC.