News Year: 2010

The month in sex discrimination

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared on Salon.com Major gender bias lawsuits in the U.S. and U.K. remind us we’ve got a long way to go, baby Jamie Kapalko May is unofficially International Sex Discrimination Month in the courts, thanks to two major — and drastically different — cases in the U.S. and Britain. First, the largest gender […]

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Women Win a Bias Suit Against Novartis

May 18th, 2010

As it appeared in the New York Times By Duff Wilson A federal jury in New York reached a verdict on Monday requiring Novartis Pharmaceuticals to pay $3.36 million to 12 former female sales representatives for discrimination in pay and promotions. Arguments will be made Tuesday for an award of punitive damages that could be […]

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Novartis Hit With Discrimination Verdict; Punitives To Come

May 18th, 2010

As it appeared in the Wall Street Journal By Ashby Jones Monday wasn’t a good day for the U.S. legal department of Swiss drug maker Novartis AG. But Tuesday could be worse. Let us explain. On Monday, a jury in New York federal court ruled that Novartis engaged in a “pattern or practice” of discrimination […]

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Jury Says Novartis Discriminated Against Women

May 18th, 2010

As it appeared in the Wall Street Journal By CHAD BRAY NEW YORK—A federal jury on Monday found that the U.S. unit of Swiss drug maker Novartis AG engaged in a “pattern or practice” of discrimination against its female employees. In its fifth day of deliberations, the jury of four men and five women found […]

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$285M Will Hit Novartis ‘Where It Hurts’: Plaintiffs

May 18th, 2010

By Erin Fuchs Law360, New York (May 18, 2010) — A plaintiffs’ lawyer asked jurors Tuesday to slap Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. with punitive damages of up to $285 million, a day after the jury found the drugmaker liable for discriminating against a class of 5,600 female sales employees. David Sanford of Sanford Wittels & Heisler […]

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Too Big to Care

May 17th, 2010

As appeared on CBS News By Jim Edwards It was no surprise that a federal jury in New York reached a $3.36 million verdict today in favor of a class-action sex discrimination case against Novartis (NVS) — one trial witness was a woman who was allegedly raped by one of her customers and then threatened […]

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Drugmaker Novartis loses U.S. gender bias trial

May 17th, 2010

As it appeared in Reuters * Novartis to pay $3.3 mln in compensatory damages – jury * Punitive damages to be decided in separate hearing * Women employees sued pharmaceuticals giant in 2004 By Basil Katz NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) – Pharmaceutical company Novartis AG (NOVN.VX) (NVS.N) engaged in a pattern of discrimination against women at […]

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Sex Discrimination Jury Finds for Female Sales Reps In Novartis Sex Discrimination Case

May 17th, 2010

As appeared in the BNA Daily Labor Report By John Herzfeld NEW YORK—A federal jury May 17 found Novartis Corp. liable for sex discrimination against a nationwide class of female sales representatives, awarding some $3.4 million for emotional damages to 12 plaintiffs who testified as witnesses in the case (Velez v. Novartis Corp., S.D.N.Y., No. […]

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Novartis Must Pay Punitive Damages in Sex-Bias Case

May 17th, 2010

As it appeared in Bloomberg By Patricia Hurtado and David Glovin May 17 (Bloomberg) — A Novartis AG pharmaceuticals unit discriminated against female sales representatives in the U.S. and must pay $3.4 million to a dozen women plus punitive damages to be decided, a federal jury found. The jury in Manhattan federal court reached its […]

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Novartis Braces for Punitive Damages

May 17th, 2010

As it appeared in The American Lawyer Novartis Braces for Punitive Damages After Jury Finds It Liable for Class-wide Gender Discrimination, Awards $3.36 Million to 12 Named Plaintiffs Andrew Longstreth We know more than a few folks who scratched their heads when Novartis made the decision to take a class action sex discrimination case to […]

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In Closing Argument at Novartis Gender Bias Trial, Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Urges Jury to Focus on Systemic Sex Discrimination, Not Individual Stories

May 11th, 2010

David Sanford said the compelling testimony from 13 female Novartis sale representatives wasn’t 13 individual stories, but part of one tale of company-wide bias. Jurors have the case now. We can’t wait to see what they decide. By Andrew Longstreth David Sanford of Sanford, Wittels & Heisler had plenty of compelling material to choose from […]

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Wal-Mart Take Heed

April 29th, 2010

As it appeared in Litigation Daily By Alison Frankel On Monday, the same day that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld certification of the biggest employment discrimination class in history in Dukes v. Wal-Mart, a Novartis sales representative named Marjorie Salame took the witness stand in the courtroom of Manhattan federal […]

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HR Hell at Novartis: Alleged Rape Victim Threatened With “Disciplinary Action”

April 28th, 2010

As it appeared in CBS MoneyWatch By Jim Edwards Novartis (NVS) must have the human-resources department from hell, according to federal trial testimony from one of its drug reps who was allegedly raped by a customer. According to Marjorie Salame’s account, Novartis HR staff invited her to a meeting in a public lounge at the […]

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What Was Novartis Thinking? Rape Claim in Discrimination Suit May Seal the Company’s Legal Fate

April 27th, 2010

As it appeared in CBS MoneyWatch By Jim Edwards It will be a miracle if Novartis (NVS) beats the sex discrimination case filed against it by its own female pharmaceutical sales reps — at least now that a New York federal jury has heard that management allegedly withheld information from the police after a female […]

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Novartis saleswoman testifies her career tanked after she complained she was raped by doctor

April 27th, 2010

As it appeared in the New York Daily News BY Alison Gendar DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER A Novartis saleswoman testified Monday her career tanked when she complained she was raped by a doctor after one of the company’s golf outings. Marjorie Salame said that three weeks after she reported being sexually assaulted in May 2002, […]

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