Thelen's former employees are using a novel legal argument in an $18 million suit against five firms that hired many of Thelen's partners, according to an opposition brief filed Friday. The employees argue the firms' hiring of the partners amounted to purchasing a portion of Thelen's business. Therefore, the firms are bound by the same obligations as an employer under the WARN Act. The defendant firms, meanwhile, argue that since there was no merger, they had no obligations to former Thelen staff.
Thelen Staffers' Suit Follows Partners to New Firms
October 27, 2009