No. 20-14214.

81 F.4th 1345 (2023)

Chris RONNIE, Petitioner, v. OFFICE DEPOT, LLC, Intervenor, Administrative Review Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Respondents.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Filed: September 25, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Maria Florence Buxton , Steven A. Hirsch , Christopher S. Sun , Keker, Van Nest & Peters, LLP, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner Chris Ronnie.

Chris Ronnie, Honolulu, HI, Pro Se.

Patrick G. DeBlasio, III , Colby J. Ellis , Rocio Blanco Garcia , Alan Persaud , Littler Mendelson, PC, Miami, FL, for Intervenor.

Daniel Joseph Colbert , U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Plan Benefits Security Division, Washington, DC, Thomas Fox Garrity , Megan Guenther , U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC, Sayra Amelia Gordillo , U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Fair Labor Standards, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC, for Respondents.

Before Wilson, Newsom, and Lagoa, Circuit Judges.

This case presents us with an opportunity to clarify what a whistleblower plaintiff must allege to prove he had a "reasonable belief" that his employer violated the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), 18 U.S.C. § 1514A. After careful review, and with the benefit of oral argument, we deny the petition.


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