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No Cause of Action for Violation of Code of Ethics

There is no recognized independent cause of action for a violation of a company’s internal Code of Ethics under federal law or the Commonwealth of Virginia. See Taylor v. CVS, Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114954 (E.D. VA July 10, 2018); See also.  Taylor v. Ahold, USA/Martin’s Food & Pharmacy No. 3:16-CV-248 2016 WL 1752763 … Continue reading No Cause of Action for Violation of Code of Ethics

Employee Who Engaged in Protected Activity Failed to Assert Viable Retaliation Claim Where Employee Terminated for Operating a Competing Company in Violation of Employer’s Conflict-of-Interest Policy

On April 24, 2018, the Tenth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer  where an employee alleged retaliatory discharge in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because the employee failed to present evidence of a causal relation between her alleged protected activity and the termination of her employment. … Continue reading Employee Who Engaged in Protected Activity Failed to Assert Viable Retaliation Claim Where Employee Terminated for Operating a Competing Company in Violation of Employer’s Conflict-of-Interest Policy

CVS’ Conflict of Interest Policy Violated Where Pharmacist Formed a Compounding Pharmacy that Competed with CVS for Patients Even Though the Compounding Pharmacy Sold Pharmaceuticals that CVS Did Not Dispense

A CVS pharmacist founded her own compounding pharmacy that mainly created compounded pharmaceuticals that CVS did not dispense. However, although the compounding pharmacy’s pharmaceutical products were distinct from CVS products, the pharmaceutical products sold at both pharmacies treated the same or similar conditions. The pharmacist’s supervisor discovered her side-business and recommended that the pharmacist be … Continue reading CVS’ Conflict of Interest Policy Violated Where Pharmacist Formed a Compounding Pharmacy that Competed with CVS for Patients Even Though the Compounding Pharmacy Sold Pharmaceuticals that CVS Did Not Dispense

Continued Employment Sufficient Consideration for Rhode Island Arbitration Agreement

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island held that continued employment is sufficient consideration to enforce an arbitration agreement in Rhode Island. Employee’s company was purchased by a new company. During the transition period, the new company required employee to sign an offer letter, arbitration agreement, and the company’s code of conduct as a … Continue reading Continued Employment Sufficient Consideration for Rhode Island Arbitration Agreement

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