On March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the cert petition of a former banker at Morgan Stanley, John Verble, who asked the Court to find he is entitled to be classified as a whistleblower for reporting insider trading allegations to the FBI.  See Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC137 S. Ct. 1348 (Mar. 20, 2017).  The trial court held that Verble could not file a retaliatory firing suit under Dodd Frank, finding that he was not a whistleblower because he did not report his allegations to the SEC before he was fired.  The Sixth Circuit upheld the lower court decision, but found that it did not need to interpret Dodd Frank because Verble’s allegations of his work with the FBI were too vague to state a claim for relief. As discussed above, there is currently a circuit split as to whether Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower protections for retaliatory firings apply to reporting of allegations of impropriety to organizations other than the SEC.