Appellate Victory for Caltech

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The Second District Court of Appeal issued an opinion affirming a jury verdict and summary judgment ruling for Caltech in a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit brought by former Caltech researcher, Dr. Farshid Roumi.

“This is a significant victory for Caltech,” said Joe Reiter, who argued the appeal. “The court thoroughly rejected Dr. Roumi’s arguments on appeal and reaffirmed our trial victory in its entirety.”

After just a few hours of jury deliberation in June 2019, the Hueston Hennigan team, co-led by John Hueston and Moez Kaba, emerged victorious in a month-long trial. The jury unanimously found for Caltech on Dr. Roumi’s claims that the school had retaliated against him. Hueston Hennigan had previously obtained dismissal of claims of tortious interference. Dr. Roumi, who sought nearly $100 million in damages, was hired to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy, but ultimately failed.

The Hueston Hennigan team included John Hueston, Moez Kaba, Joe Reiter, and Michael Todisco.