In April 2017, a defendant company, Digital Realty Trust, asked the Supreme Court to review a March decision by the Ninth Circuit holding that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation employment protections apply to whistleblowers who report alleged wrongdoing to agencies or persons other than the SEC. See Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, 16-1276 (US Apr. 25, 2017). The decision widened a circuit split on that question: the Fifth Circuit held in 2013 that whistleblowers must report to the SEC for the anti-retaliation provisions to apply, while the Second Circuit held in 2015 that because the anti-retaliation provisions are ambiguous, courts must defer to the SEC’s guidance as to how widely they apply. The circuit split is set to widen even further, as the Third Circuit currently has before it a whistleblower case raising the same question. In Somers, the majority held that the district court correctly denied Digital Realty’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by one of its former Vice Presidents, who alleges he was fired in retaliation for complaining to senior management that his supervisor eliminated internal controls required by Sarbanes-Oxley.