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GCs May Increasingly Blow The Whistle After Bio-Rad Verdict

Law360, New York (February 9, 2017, 8:39 PM EST) -- An $8 million federal jury verdict award for former Bio-Rad general counsel-turned-whistleblower Sanford Wadler may loosen the restrictions of GC privilege and embolden more in-house attorneys to come forward as whistleblowers against their companies, attorneys say. 

After a trial that lasted nearly three weeks and at times amounted to what Wadler’s attorney calls an “orchestrated attack” on the GC, a jury in the Northern District of California awarded Wadler nearly $3 million in back wages and $5 million in punitive damages, finding that Wadler’s reporting of concerns about potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations was a substantial motivating factor in Bio-Rad’s...

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