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Law Firm Age Bias Claim in NJ

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Nov 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

We've posted a number of times on the age discrimination case brought by the EEOC on behalf of former partners of legal giant Sidley Austin.  Now a similar case has been filed in New Jersey by James Toll, a former partner of Newark firm Sills Cummis.  Here's the report via Law.com.   Toll claims that he was fired because of his age.  Sills says it was because the nature of his practice was incompatible with the firm's direction.

An interesting question will the the impact of Toll's status as an equity partner in Sills Cummis.  We've previously posted on a similar issue in the context of a medical practice.

The case also asserts a claim under NJ's oppressed minority shareholder statute, which presents an interesting attack not often seen in this kind of litigation.

Our guess is that after some initial skirmishing, this one will be settled, but we'll follow it nonetheless.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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