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The Ninth Circuit affirmed the majority of an $11 million jury verdict brought by a whistleblower who claimed that his company fired him for raising concerns about possible FCPA violations.

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The Ninth Circuit affirmed the majority of an $11 million jury verdict brought by a whistleblower who claimed that his company fired him for raising concerns about possible FCPA violations. Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (Bio-Rad), alleged that he was fired from Bio-Rad after he wrote a memo to a committee of the Board of Directors stating that he believed senior management was “complicit” in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations he thought were being carried out by Bio-Rad’s employees in China. Though the Ninth Circuit found that a jury instruction was incorrect, and that Dodd-Frank no longer applied to the claims at issue based on intervening Supreme Court precedent, it affirmed Wadler’s state claim and roughly $8 million of the jury’s original award against Bio-Rad.

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