Jury Awards Bio-Rad’s Ex-GC $8M For Retaliatory Firing

Law360, San Francisco (February 6, 2017, 10:12 PM EST) -- A California federal jury found Monday that Bio-Rad violated whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act when it fired its general counsel for reporting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, awarding the attorney $2.96 million in back wages and $5 million in punitive damages.

After only three hours of deliberation, the jury found that former general counsel Sanford Wadler had reasonably thought the company’s Chinese sales team had violated the FCPA based on beliefs that its distribution contracts didn’t include anti-corruption language, that it had failed to keep necessary sales records, and that some items were given away for free, suggesting possible bribery....

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