Van Asdale v. International Game Technology

Ninth Circuit Decision in Van Asdale v. International Game Technology


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two former in-house corporate lawyers can sue their former employer for wrongful termination under SOX, saying the pair need only demonstrate that they reasonably believed fraud had occurred at their company—not that fraud did actually occur.

IGT argued that the Van Asdales shouldn’t be able to press their claim because it required attorney-client privileged information. The Ninth Circuit followed previous rulings from the Third and Fifth circuits, holding that “confidentiality concerns alone do not warrant dismissal of the Van Asdales’ claims.”

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 9th Circuit | United States

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