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Vapor IO and SoundCloud Hire New GCs

David Ruiz

Cloud computing company Vapor IO based in Austin, Texas hired Catherine Bedell as general counsel this week. Audio hosting platform SoundCloud hired Amazon veteran Merritt Farren as GC.

James Wagstaffe Defeated Bio-Rad With Storytelling

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Trial lawyer James Wagstaffe describes his winning strategy in the wrongful termination suit by whistleblower Sanford Wadler, former general counsel of Bio-Rad Inc. Wadler was awarded more than $15 million.

Bio-Rad Verdict Could Spur GC Whistleblower Claims

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Rod Sorensen, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office of Payne & Fears, a defense litigator for technology companies, in a Q&A, says the big verdict in the whistleblower retaliation lawsuit by fired general counsel Sanford Wadler against his former employer, Bio-Rad, could lead to more such su

5 Takeaways From Bio-Rad's Trial Loss, and Its Ousted GC's Win

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Former Bio-Rad GC Sanford Wadler's jury win of $2.9 million in back pay and $5 million in punitive damages for wrongful termination Monday holds some lessons for companies and their attorneys.

Ousted Bio-Rad GC Wins Whistleblower Case

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The jury awarded Sanford Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation, which will be doubled, plus $5 million for punitive damages.

Former Bio-Rad GC Asks Jury for $35 Million in Damages

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In closing arguments attorney James Wagstaffe asked the jury to award his client, former Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. general counsel Sanford Wadler, $8.29 million in past and future compensatory damages for alleged wrongful termination.

Davis Polk Partner Says Bio-Rad GC Kept Pushing Flimsy Claims

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Martine Beamon, who was hired to investigate potential FCPA violations, testified Thursday that the company's general counsel rejected her firm's conclusion that the suspicions were "meritless."

Draft Executive Order Targeting Worker Visas Shakes Silicon Valley Tech Companies

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The torrent of drastic changes to U.S. immigration law—including a draft proposal of an executive order to restructure and possibly rescind entire worker visa programs—has sent Silicon Valley tech companies into a frenzy, seeking legal help for a multitude of questions.

Bio-Rad Trial Witnesses Claim Outburst, Obstruction by Ex-GC

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. chief financial officer Christine Tsingos added a new claim to the company's case against fired general counsel Sanford Wadler in court Tuesday: Wadler allegedly once became openly hostile in a meeting, pounding his fists and yelling at the room.

Former Apple Patent Lawyer Taraneh Maghamé Heads to Via Licensing Corp.

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Former Apple Inc. intellectual property veteran Taraneh Maghamé joins independently run Dolby Labs subsidiary Via Licensing Corp. as senior director of wireless programs and corporate development.

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