Fashion House Dooney & Bourke Wins with Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp trial attorneys Scott Seidman and Colin Geiger were victorious in defending Dooney & Bourke, Inc., in a 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 our Labor & Employment team, which provides practical solutions to labor and employment problems for a diverse group of Pacific Northwest employers. We help clients promote positive employee relations, protect competitive positions, address union activity and defend against or minimize exposure to employment litigation.

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