On July 21, 2014, in Bussing v. Legent Clearing LLC, a Nebraska District Court held that a whistleblower who reported violations of federal money laundering laws to her company’s management and participated in an investigation by an industry regulator qualified for whistleblower protection under the Dodd-Frank Act. The district court certified the issue for interlocutory appeal.

The decision is contrary to the decision reached by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Asadi v. GE Energy (USA) LLC. An Eighth Circuit opinion on the issue may help to resolve a judicial split.