June 1, 2011

Seagate III – the saga continues

Posted in Attorney's Fees, Fraud and Misrepresentation, Hiring and Recruiting, Minnesota Statute 181.64, Minnesota Statute 181.65 tagged , at 6:41 pm by Tom Jacobson

Chandramouli Vaidyanathan’s lawsuit against Seagate Technologies continues to wind its way through the court system – at even greater cost to Seagate.  First, a jury awarded Vaidyanathan nearly $2 million after they determined that Seagate had misled him about the job they hired him to do (see  Bloomington-based Seagate Hit with $1.9m Verdict for Misrepresenting Job to Recruit).

After the jury’s award, both sides brought various post-trial motions.  The presiding judge, the Hon. Donovan Frank, upheld the jury’s verdict, and he awarded Vaidyanathan another $517,352.50 for attorney’s fees and court costs (see Seagate’s Liability to Duped Recruit Jumps to $2.4 Million).

After that award, Vaidyanathan brought another motion seeking an additional $97,655.00 in attorney’s fees incurred after the judgment was entered and through the previous post trial motions.  Judge Frank has now granted Vaidyanathan’s request, but he reduced the fee award to $63,733.75 after finding that the fees sought were “excessive in light of the tasks accomplished.”

Stay tuned.  Seagate IV may just be an appeal waiting to be filed.

For more information about this article, please contact me at taj@alexandriamnlaw.com.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2011 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson, PA

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  1. […] As you may recall, Vaidyanathan was awarded $1.9 million in damages and another half million in attorney’s fees after a Minnesota jury found that his former employer, Bloomington-based Seagate US, LLC, misrepresented the job for which he was recruited. For more details on the case, see my previous articles, Bloomington-based Seagate Hit with $1.9m Verdict for Misrepresenting Job to Recruit, Seagate’s Liability to Duped Recruit Jumps to $2.4 Million, and Seagate III – the Saga Continues. […]


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