Martin Law recently prevailed in a highly contested arbitration lasting six days. The arbitrator returned a complete defense award for the firm’s client. This matter involved a former vice president of business development who asserted claims for wrongful termination, breach of contract, and related claims. The former employee sought more than $2.5M in damages related to unpaid commissions, unpaid vested stock, lost wages, and waiting time penalties. The firm’s client brought counter-claims for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.
This matter was initially brought in Los Angeles Superior Court and was later sent to arbitration after a motion to compel arbitration was granted. During the arbitration, Martin Law filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of an individually named defendant, which motion was granted by the Arbitrator. A six-day arbitration hearing took place in July and August 2020. After the hearing, the parties submitted post-arbitration briefing, and an award was issued on October 13, 2020. In the Award, the Arbitrator found that the former employee failed to establish each of the seven causes of action set forth in his complaint. The Arbitrator also found that the firm’s client was successful in its breach of contract claim, which resulted in an award of $4,035. The Arbitrator also awarded the company and the individual defendants their costs, which were later determined to be $13,724.82.
After receiving the Award, Martin Law filed a Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award in Los Angeles Superior Court, which was granted by the Court on May 26, 2021.