Ex-NBC Producer Who Raised Ethics Flag Loses Suit

Law360, New York (November 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- NBC Universal Inc. did not violate employment laws when it fired a producer who claimed the television show “To Catch a Predator” overstepped ethical boundaries, a district court judge has ruled, tossing the journalist's $1 million lawsuit.

While a New York state court has said that law firms cannot terminate attorneys who claim that their employers have breached ethical lines, that immunity does not apply to long-time investigative journalist Marsha Bartel, Judge John Darrah ruled on Thursday.

“This exception is grounded in the unique relationship between...
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