Plaintiff wins First Amendment verdict in excess of $8,000,000!!

In what may be one of the largest employment law verdicts in the State of Connecticut, a physician, Dr. Berry Schumann won a huge verdict against Dianon Systems, Inc. for terminating him in violation of Connecticut General Statutes Section 31-51q and in violation of public policy.  The plaintiff was represented by Attorney Stephen J. Fitzgerald of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Chimes & Richardson, P.C.  The defendant was represented by Attorney Daniel Schwartz of Pullman & Comley.  Dr. Schumann claimed that he was terminated in retaliation for his internal complaints about a new test which was unverified, overly expensive and unnecessary.  The Honorable Deborah Frankel presided.  The verdict was for $4.2 million but is expected to exceed $8,000,000 when attorneys fees, punitive damages and interest on an offer of judgment are added.  Congratulations to Attorney Fitzgerald and Dr. Schumann!  Good luck with the post trial motions and what will likely be an appeal.