The Sarbanes-Oxley Act's whistleblower provisions should apply to employees of contractors of public companies, according to a 6-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. "For 10 years, employees of smaller contractors likely believed that it would be an exercise in futility to bring claims," said Steven Pearlman, a lawyer who focuses on whistleblower cases. "Now that there is a clear Supreme Court precedent, we can expect them to bring cases."

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