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California Federal Court Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict In Former General Counsel’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

Recently, a California federal court denied the defendant–employer’s motion for a new trial, upholding the jury’s $7.96 million verdict finding that the Company terminated its former general counsel for reporting alleged...more

New District of New Jersey Case Shows Importance of Requiring Drivers to Form Corporate Entities in Misclassification Cases

by Genova Burns LLC on

Late last month, District of New Jersey Judge Robert B. Kugler partially granted FedEx Ground Package Systems Inc. (“FedEx”)’s Motion to Dismiss in a trucking misclassification case. The court dismissed several claims but...more

How Did This Ex-General Counsel Win $14.5 Million From His Former Employer?

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Companies entrust their in-house attorneys with sensitive and confidential information in order to obtain legal advice on important matters. Thus, when an in-house attorney turns on his or her employer, the repercussions can...more

How An Employee/Shareholder Can Protect Oneself Against Oppression

Because termination of one’s employment does not necessarily equate to shareholder oppression under New Jersey law, as seen in my last post, it is often a good idea to take proactive measures to inoculate yourself against a...more

General Counsel Permitted to Use Attorney-Client Privileged Information in Whistleblower Retaliation Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a recent case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. case number 3:15-cv-02356 (2016), the federal court in the Northern District of California ruled that the plaintiff and former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories...more

Ex-GC Awarded $8 Million For Retaliatory Firing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A California federal jury awarded Sanford Wadler, former General Counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, $8 million for his claims against his former employer under the whistleblower provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and the...more

"Employment Flash - December 2016"

This edition of the Employment Flash looks at a Texas court's grant of a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a DOL rule that would have more than doubled the minimum salary requirements for the executive,...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

by Kirton McConkie PC on

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

SEC Hands Out Millions While Leaving The Public In The Dark

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing its decision to award $20 million “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move...more

SEC's Whistleblower Program Is Alive and Well

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has reported to Congress that its Whistleblower Incentives and Protections program continues grow, not only in terms of the number of tips received and the number...more

Independent Medical Staff Denied Title VII Protection

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

It has not been unusual for employed physicians to seek the protection provided to independent medical staff members through the due process procedures provided by medical staff by-laws. The case of Levitin and Chicago...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

SEC Brings First Stand-Alone Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action - On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought its first stand-alone whistleblower retaliation case under...more

Hold on to Your (Top) Hat: ERISA Section 502(a)(3) May Be Used to Enforce the Terms of a “Top-Hat” Benefits Plan

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Thanksgiving is typically a time for gratitude, gathering with family, and acts of kindness among fellow men and women. But in one recent case, a bank used Thanksgiving to force-feed a separation agreement to its outgoing...more

The risks of co-employment liability in France

by Dentons on

Against a background of financial crisis and corporate restructurings, French workers have taken to the ramparts. Employees dismissed "for economic reasons" have, in increasing numbers, been filing complaints under the Labor...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

Getting Past “Not Horrible”: Addressing Office Bullies is Good for the Bottom Line

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A Dallas jury recently awarded a verdict of more than a million dollars to a vocational nurse based upon her claims of sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. While it appears that verdict will not...more

Court Reverses Summary Judgment On Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Corporate Director

by Winstead PC on

In E&E Serv. & Supply v. Ruddick, a corporation sued a former employee who formed a competing business. No. 11-14-00055-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 7514 (Tex. App.—Eastland July 14, 2016, no pet. history). The trial court...more

A Recent Illinois Decision Explains How to Deal with Medical Staff Claims

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Illinois Supreme Court released a decision on May 19, 2016 that provides useful guidance in defending and protecting a claim by a medical staff member against a hospital for improperly failing to appoint or reappoint or...more

New Federal Law to Require Immediate Change to Agreements Governing Trade Secrets

by Morgan Lewis on

The new federal trade secret law will likely require immediate action for all businesses that use trade secrets or other confidential information. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which is expected to be...more

Sun Capital: District Court Relies on Constructive Partnership Theory to Find Separate PE Funds Liable for a Portfolio Company’s...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The most recent Sun Capital decision is a troubling development for private equity fund sponsors and will likely require a “rethink” of fund structuring when private equity funds own portfolio companies with significant...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Attorney Charging Lien

by Morris James LLP on

An “attorney charging lien” allows an attorney to recover compensation for his services from a fund recovered with his assistance....more

SEC Sees Surges in Tips and Claims in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

by Alston & Bird on

The SEC’s fiscal year ended on September 30, 2015, and the 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program was issued Monday. According to the report, the SEC saw another surge in whistleblower tips and paid out...more

LLP Agreements and Repudiatory Breach

by Dechert LLP on

This OnPoint reports on a recent important High Court decision ?limiting the remedies available for breach of a UK LLP agreement. Generally, in contract law, if a party to a contract commits a breach which is...more

SEC Announces Third-Largest Dodd-Frank Bounty Award

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Whistleblowers continue to reap extraordinary awards under Dodd-Frank’s “bounty” program in exchange for bringing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “original” information that leads to a successful enforcement...more

Issuers Apprehensive of OSC’s Proposed Whistleblower Program

The public comments on the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)’s proposed whistleblower program (Program) evidence considerable concern that the Program could undermine issuers’ internal reporting and compliance programs,...more

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