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NJ Supreme Court Upholds Whistleblower Lawsuit Award

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The  New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a 2008 jury- awarded $1.2 million settlement in case that began in 2003-2004 when then DuPont employee Jack Seddon filed a whistleblower case against DuPont for a potential public safety hazard at the Chambers Works plant in Pennsville Township.

In 2008, a jury awarded $724,000 compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages to Seddon after he alleged that DuPont retaliated against him for the whistleblower case.  In 2010, DuPont argued that Seddon was not entitled to the award without proving constructive discharge  or termination of his employment at DuPont. The court ruled to overturn the decision.

The lawsuit detailed the abuse Seddon suffered after blowing the whistle on the Chambers Works plant, and said that the retaliation caused him to fall into a deep depression and leave DuPont under a disability pension.

The lawsuit says that the “The Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) is supposed to encourage and protect whistleblowers,” and Seddon’s attorneys thanked the supreme court for recognizing and upholding  the protection the act affords.

DuPont said they hope to appeal the a portion of the overall damages and legal fees in Appellate Court.

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: NJ Supreme Court Upholds Whistleblower Lawsuit Award was posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 7:07 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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