Fashion House Dooney & Bourke Wins with Tonkon Torp
Tonkon Torp trial attorneys Scott Seidman
and Colin Geiger
were victorious in defending the firm’s client, Dooney & Bourke, Inc., in a recent trial in the U. S. District Court in Portland. Their litigation team defended the high-end, Connecticut-based handbag manufacturer against wage claims made by a former independent sales representative.
The plaintiff, who claimed he was an employee rather than an independent sales representative, argued that the company failed to pay him commissions and business expenses he said were owed. Together with penalty wages, the claims totaled more than $470,000, plus attorney fees. After a two-day trial, Judge Michael Simon ruled from the bench in favor of Dooney & Bourke that the plaintiff had failed to meet his burden of proof on all claims.
Seidman and Geiger are litigators in Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group
, which provides practical solutions to labor and employment problems for a diverse group of Pacific Northwest employers. The firm helps clients promote positive employee relations, protect competitive positions, deal with union activity, and defend against or minimize exposure to employment litigation.
Seidman handles business disputes for clients at trial and on appeal. His areas of expertise include antitrust, labor and employment, energy, and tax law disputes. He also counsels businesses in labor and employment and antitrust compliance. Geiger’s practice focuses on defending employers in lawsuits filed by current or former employees.
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