Bio-Rad Fired GC For FCPA Leak, Jury Told At Trial's Start

Law360, San Francisco (January 17, 2017, 11:36 PM EST) -- A lawyer for Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.'s ex-general counsel told a California federal jury during opening arguments in his retaliation suit Tuesday that the company fired him for blowing the whistle on its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance in China, while Bio-Rad countered that he was an ill-tempered lawyer terminated for incompetence.

Sanford Wadler sued Bio-Rad in 2015, claiming his firing was retaliation for his decision to blow the whistle on alleged corruption. His attorney, Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP, told the jury Tuesday that Wadler had put in 26 years at the company and that CEO Norman Schwartz promoted...

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