LOS ANGELES: Though US District Judge Margaret Morrow last month issued a summary judgment dismissing former Fleishman-Hillard Los Angeles GM Douglas Dowie's wrongful termination suit before it could go to trial, Dowie and his lawyer are mulling what next steps they may take.
Dowie lawyer Michael Faber said that he and his client are "considering the options," and contended that at least two of his client's complaints against the agency were "basically vindicated."
At the center of the suit was Dowie's assertion that Fleishman fired Dowie in part to curry favor with the US attorney, and because the firm was concerned about Dowie's potential to disclose alleged money-laundering activities.
The suit was thrown out, Morrow wrote, as there was insufficient evidence of a "preemptive retaliation" for terminating Dowie.
Mark Beck, one of Fleishman's LA-based attorneys, noted that Morrow "gave Dowie every opportunity to make his case." Still, Beck said, "she concluded his case was a sham."
Beck said there was "not an iota of evidence to support" the claim that Dowie was sacrificed to the US attorney's office, adding that if Dowie's money laundering claim had any merit, he would have mentioned it during the internal investigation.