Bio-Rad GC Case Yields Serious Privilege Lessons

by Doug Chartier

courtroom clash between a California life sciences company and its former general counsel drew the eyes of in-house attorneys nationwide, who watched something of a professional nightmare scenario unfold.

But beneath the drama of the Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories trial lies a reminder to in-house counsel about how Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations can be especially sensitive for in-house attorneys to navigate.

The case also holds major implications regarding their duties as attorneys and rights as employees when blowing the whistle.

A federal jury in Northern California on Feb. 6 awarded Bio-Rad Laboratories’ former general counsel nearly $11 million for his claim that the company retaliated against him.

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