Fired legal employee can pursue court case against Amgen
Posted Dec 20 2008 7:16pm
Once more, algorithms and whistleblowers are still two hot words in healthcare. This case, being an attorney from the company appears to be a little different from some of the cases in the past. At least we don’t send whistleblowers mental hospitals as referenced in a recent post regarding a similar story in China. BD
A former Amgen Inc. patent lawyer won a victory Tuesday in his effort to get restitution for his firing last year for what he called whistle-blower activities targeting the pharmaceutical giant. A Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled that Darrell G. Dotson of Newbury Park can pursue his case in court -- often a more lucrative path -- rather than through the company's arbitration process. Dotson contended he was fired in August in retaliation for reporting to an Amgen internal investigator what he believed to be "legal and ethical improprieties" at the Thousand Oaks company, said one of his attorneys, Rob Hennig of Century City.