Monday, November 24, 2014
George McFall and Sarah Stevenson recently obtained a federal jury verdict on behalf of our client, a large pharmaceutical company. The plaintiff claimed that she had been fired for raising safety concerns about a medical device used in the collection of blood plasma. Judge C. LeRoy Hansen granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment on plaintiff's claims for retaliatory discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision and prima facie tort.
Two remaining issues, breach of contract and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, went to trial. The jury found unanimously for the defense on these claims, finding that the plaintiff was an at-will employee with no employment contract, and that her termination for falsifying company records was not unlawful.