The Inbox – World Cup Edition

| Jason M. Knott

On Thursday, even though the United States lost to Germany, they moved on from the Group of Death to take on Belgium in the World Cup round of 16. In honor of US Soccer’s achievement, we are glad to present this footy-themed edition of the Inbox.

  • The New York Post continues to report on the controversy surrounding last week’s decision to terminate American Apparel CEO Dov Charney. In this piece, one of our editors achieved his goal of being quoted in that paper, although neither he nor Charney got a clever rhyming front-page headline.
  • A New Jersey judge issued a red card to a shareholder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, tossing the case out on summary judgment. MassDevice.com reported that the judge decided that J&J acted in good faith when it decided not to claw back $40 million that had been paid to its former CEO, William Weldon.
  • Two finance managers called a penalty on their auto dealership, alleging that they were called “gay” as a pejorative, in addition to other homophobic slurs. One manager, of Middle Eastern descent, also claimed that his boss – who apparently is not familiar with FIFA’s anti-racism campaign – called him a “terrorist.” Law360 reports that the managers have now brought suit in federal district court in New Jersey, alleging that the dealership retaliated against them when they complained.
  • Toyota is accusing a former engineer of an offsides infraction with regard to its trade secrets. The automaker sued David Land, who helped design and make lift trucks, for allegedly taking its secret information when he switched to a competitor. The suit is pending in Indiana federal court, says Law360.
  • The Texas attorney general’s office is asking an appellate court to tackle a $1.2 million whistleblower verdict. According to the Texas Tribune, the whistleblower won the award in an El Paso court after she argued that she was fired for blowing the whistle on insurance fraud by a coworker. Hopefully the referees in Brazil aren’t asking whether they can get that much for blowing their whistles.