Ex-Thelen Partners' New Firms Sued Under WARN

Law360, New York (July 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Former employees of Thelen LLP have accused the big-league firms to which its partners defected of violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, contending those firms became their new employers for WARN purposes once they snatched up bits of Thelen.

In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday, a putative class of ex-Thelen staff hit five firms and seven partners, including Thelen's former chairman Stephen V. O'Neal, with an amended complaint and renewed demand for $18 million.

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