Merck Atty's Letter Ruled Harmless In Whistleblower's Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (March 27, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday tossed defamation claims levied at Merck & Co. Inc. and an in-house lawyer by a former employee of a Merck contractor, finding that a statement by the attorney had caused no harm.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle concluded that Merck attorney Thomas Fitzgibbon’s rejection of a whistleblowing effort that worker Leo Gibney had launched against the contractor ultimately had no impact on Gibney’s reputation.

“Even if Fitzgibbon’s statement that the actions of Gibney were unfounded is a [potentially false] statement of...
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