Verdicts and Settlements
$25,142,000 Jury Verdict: Babyak v. Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (LASC Case No. BC601259).
Obtained a historic $25,142,000 jury verdict on behalf of a 56-year old medical device sales manager who was retaliated against and terminated following his reports of possible violations of the Anti-Kickback Law, Sunshine Act, FDA regulations as well as possible Sarbanes-Oxley Act violations to the company's head legal counsel. Jury was unanimous on findings of liability for Whistleblower Retaliation and Wrongful Termination. Compensatory damages award was unanimous at $2.7M. The jury was also unanimous on a finding of malice and awarded $22.4M in punitive damages by a 10-2 vote. The award is believed to be one of the largest single-plaintiff Whistleblower Retaliation verdicts in American History.
Confidential settlement obtained for a whistleblower retaliation case against a medical device company.
Confidential settlement obtained for a SOX whistleblower retaliation case against a medical device company.
$1,377,000 Jury Verdict: Mayo v. Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (LASC Case No. BC486184).
Obtained a $1,377,000 jury verdict on behalf of a 60-year old woman who was harassed and discriminated against for reporting religious discrimination at work. After reporting the conduct to HR, Plaintiff was retaliated against, written-up for poor performance, and then terminated for insubordination. Prevailed on all causes of action at trial, including Retaliation, Failure to Prevent Retaliation, Disability Discrimination, Failure to Prevent Disability Discrimination and Violation of the California Family Rights Act. Attorneys' Fee motion approved for an additional $613,000.
$550,000 Jury Verdict: Snead v. Chino Valley Unified School District (San Bernardino Case No. CIVRS 1101184).
Obtained a $550,000 jury verdict on behalf of a 65-year-old disabled custodian who was terminated after Defendant failed to accommodate his work restriction of no working on ladders. Attorneys' Fee motion approved for an additional $429,403.
Confidential settlement obtained for a sexual harassment and retaliation case against a large, national retail supply company.
Confidential settlement obtained for an age discrimination case against a major fast food chain.
$32,720 Judgment (Anti-SLAPP) Wergechik v. Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (Case No. 30-2015-00786670-CU-WT-CJC, June 25, 2016).
Obtained $32,720 in attorneys' fees against Defendant after prevailing on an Anti-SLAPP Motion. The large corporate employer filed a cross-complaint against Plaintiff, its former employee, for taking and using company documents in her own lawsuit against the corporate employer. The court granted the Anti-SLAPP motion, dismissed the Corporation's cross complaint and awarded costs and attorneys fees against them.
Harris v. Bingham McCutchen LLP, 214 Cal. App. 4th 1399 (2013).
Defeated employer’s Petition to Compel Arbitration; Represented Plaintiff-Respondent on appeal involving novel issue of employment arbitration contract law; Submitted briefing to the United States Supreme Court and successfully opposed grant of certiorari; Case featured in SCOTUSblog, AboveTheLaw, Law360, ABA Journal, The Recorder, Law.com, and the Daily Journal.
Wile v. Johnson Window Films Reversed grant of summary judgment on appeal
Clark v. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Reversed grant of summary judgment on appeal