Littler signs deal to end fraud and tackle crime with group of employers

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  • Center for Workplace Compliance accused of embezzlement
  • Deal also rejects Littler’s counterclaims

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(Reuters) – Littler Mendelson, one of its former shareholders and an association of major U.S. employees have agreed to dismiss the dueling claims in a 10-month-old lawsuit, including allegations the firm of lawyers allegedly defrauded the group and hijacked its data.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday signed a stipulated four-page order declaring that the Center for Workplace Compliance, Littler, and former Littler shareholder Lance Gibbons dismiss all of their claims with prejudice.

The parties said they have entered into a “binding written agreement resolving their respective claims and counterclaims,” ​​but they did not detail the agreement. Representatives for Littler, CWC and Gibbons did not respond to requests for comment.

The CWC, whose members include Littler clients, first sued labor law giant Gibbons and Chris Gokturk, a current director of Littler, in November 2020 for allegedly accessing and uploading material to the website. only for CWC members, then used the material to bill customers.

Gokturk was represented by attorneys for Littler and is included in the agreement dismissing all claims.

The CWC claimed that Gibbons and Gokturk were former center employees who were aware of its rules prohibiting law firms from accessing and using its member-only documents, but did so anyway using Littler’s computers and servers.

Littler hit back at the CWC’s claims in January, arguing that the center cannot claim copyright ownership over the documents in question because the documents were co-created by NT Lakis, a law firm based in Washington, DC who appeared to have close ties to CCE.

The company also retaliated that Gibbons and Gokturk were not employees of the CWC, claiming that Gibbons was a partner of NT Lakis and that Gokturk was an independent contractor.

The parties each used large guns for the fight. CWC has retained the services of lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, including J. Kevin Fee, co-lead of its trademark and copyright litigation practice. Littler and Gokturk turned to a team of Squire Patton Boggs, including Global Litigation Co-Chair John Burlingame.

Gibbons, who left Littler in April 2020, was represented by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr partner Robert Gill and partner Ian McLin.

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