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Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

212 F. Supp. 3d 829 (2016)

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Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

212 F. Supp. 3d 829 (2016)

Facts

Sanford Wadler (plaintiff) was the in-house general counsel for Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (defendant) for almost 25 years. Bio-Rad fired Wadler after he began an internal investigation of possible violations of federal anti-bribery laws by Bio-Rad officials. Wadler sued Bio-Rad for wrongful termination and retaliation, and Wadler’s claims were also investigated in Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice proceedings and in a whistleblower protection complaint. After approximately three years of presenting detailed defenses against these claims, Bio-Rad filed a motion to preclude Wadler from using any Bio-Rad privileged or confidential information in his wrongful termination suit under attorney-client privilege.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Spero, J.)

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