Recent Client Stories
- Beating back an illegitimate trade secrets lawsuit
Our client: We were retained by a foreign manufacturer to represent the Louisiana repair specialist it hired from a competitor.
What happened: The former employer, represented by a mega-firm, filed a hyper-aggressive lawsuit alleging trade secret misappropriation. Before we were retained, the court had already granted a TRO and extremely expedited discovery and had set a short-fuse preliminary injunction hearing.
Our approach: Tackle our opponent’s discovery blitz and present our case at the preliminary injunction hearing.
The result: Our client was vindicated. After the court denied the requested injunction, our opponent voluntarily dismissed the case.
- Clearing the way for lawful competition
Our client: A manufacturer’s newly-hired salesmen.
What happened: The salesmen had non-compete agreements that were enforceable in the contractual forum, but not in Louisiana. Their former employer was known to aggressively litigate against departing employees in a distant, contractual forum.
Our approach: Seize control of the litigation by filing a declaratory judgment action in Louisiana to have the contract declared unenforceable.
The result: Our clients prevailed. The Louisiana court granted our clients a preliminary injunction barring their former employer from pursuing a later-filed suit in the distant forum and ruled that the choice of law and choice of forum provisions in the non-compete agreements were null and void under Louisiana law.
- A successful arbitration preserving management rights
Our client: A major petro-chemical company in south Louisiana.
What happened: The company faced a grievance stating that it was attempting to systematically diminish the union’s bargaining unit.
Our approach: Our team defended the company in arbitration and demonstrated that the company’s actions were not a union-busting tactic. We proved that the company made no commitments regarding staffing levels in the CBA, and that it had a history of using outside contractors as a business efficiency strategy, which was well known by the Union.
The result: Our client prevailed, and the decision saved our client millions of dollars in additional labor costs.
- Saving time and money by resolving a discrimination claim early
Our client: A global chemical company.
What happened: A lab employee filed a wrongful termination grievance and a lawsuit asserting discrimination and retaliation claims.
Our approach: Fast track the grievance arbitration and obtain a favorable outcome. Leverage the grievance decision and a thorough plaintiff’s deposition to position the lawsuit for settlement.
The result: A win in the arbitration and a nuisance value settlement of the lawsuit.
Other Representative Experience
Represented a global oil company in an FLSA collective action in which the employees of its contractor sought unpaid overtime wages. Prevailed on motion to dismiss company based on deficient allegations of joint employer status in the complaint.
Defended a regional health care company against ADA lawsuit filed by employee with history of breast cancer who was terminated for poor performance. Deposed only the plaintiff and obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims.
Secured Award dismissing contracting out grievance filed by union against global chemical company. Proved that employer had long-standing past practice of assigning work in question to contractors and union had acquiesced in the practice.
Defended major chemical company against sex, age, and reverse race discrimination claims of terminated lab technician. Deposed only the plaintiff and obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims.
Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, for major refinery in same-sex, sexual harassment case filed by terminated operator. Sifted through multiple claims to address the crux of the issue, which involved a personality conflict and not harassment based on sex.
Represented a Plan Administrator of regional health care company’s ERISA severance pay plan in action for severance benefits. Obtained summary judgment on grounds that Administrator’s denial of benefits was not an abuse of discretion.