L'Oreal Gets Win In Ex-Patent Atty's Whistleblower Suit

Law360 (October 23, 2020, 10:13 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal court on Friday threw out a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former L'Oreal USA Inc. patent attorney, who had claimed the company fired him for objecting to a quota for patent filings.

U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton said Stephen Trzaska's suit against the cosmetics giant did not meet the standard in New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act because he neither filed any frivolous patents himself nor knew of other attorneys who did so as a result of the alleged quota at L'Oreal.

"Because plaintiff and his colleagues were never required, directed or forced to submit baseless...

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