Ex L’Oréal Patent Lawyer has 60 days to serve whistleblower suit

Ex L’Oréal Patent Lawyer has 60 days to serve whistleblower suit

A former employee of L’Oréal has been allowed 60 days to serve the French beauty giant, according to a report published by Reuters.

L’Oréal had requested to be dismissed from the suit bought by Steven Trzaska over the French beauty giant’s quota system for patents, due to a procedural issue. A federal judge has denied L’Oréal’s claim, ruling that dismissal would be too harsh a sanction for Trazska’s ‘good faith albeit unsuccessful’ attempt to serve the company in 2015 by international mail.

Steven Trzaska had his employment at L’Oréal terminated after complaining about patent application filing quotas, which he maintains required him to compile ‘frivolous’ patents that he knew would be rejected. In the first instance, a district court dismissed his claim on the basis that the quota did not require employees to violate the law. This was overruled by New Jersey’s federal appeals court back in July.

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