WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on May 20 agreed to hear the appeal of a First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the whistle-blower protection provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not extend its coverage to protect contractors and subcontractors working for private companies employed by public companies (Jackie Hosang Lawson, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al., No. 12-3, U.S. Sup.; 2013 U.S. LEXIS 3889).