'Watchdog Employees' Can Claim Retaliatory Firing: NJ Court

Law360, New York (September 4, 2013, 9:03 PM ET) -- A New Jersey appellate panel Wednesday ruled against Ethicon Inc. and its parent Johnson & Johnson Inc., reviving a former executive’s claim that he was fired for whistleblowing about product safety, even though voicing such concerns was one of his essential job functions.

In a precedential decision, a three-judge panel on the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division reanimated a whistleblower suit filed against Ethicon and J&J by Joel S. Lippman, Ethicon’s former vice president of clinical trials, who said he was terminated in May...
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