Attorneys Receive Summary Judgment in NJ CEPA Case

October 11, 2012 – In The News

Francis Cook and Jennifer DaCosta, attorneys in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP, recently received a summary judgment in favor of their client Glory Foods Inc. after a former employee accused the company of violating New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA).

The case, Patterson v. Glory Foods, Inc., involved a former employee of the Ohio-based food company who claimed he was wrongfully terminated for being a “whistleblower” when he reported an accounting discrepancy related to a client, which he alleged resulted in an illegal kick-back scheme.

Cook and DaCosta, who represented Glory Foods, filed for a summary judgment that was later granted by the court.

The court found the plaintiff’s allegations insufficient to support wrongdoing on behalf of Glory Foods and found that the plaintiff was objectively unreasonable in his belief that Glory Foods was acting unlawful or unethical; that his emails did not amount to “whistleblowing” under CEPA; and that he had not established a causal connection between his alleged disclosure and termination.