Dentons and former associate commerce forgery and self-dealing allegations in litigation over firing
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Dentons and former company associate Jinshu “John” Zhang are each alleging misconduct in litigation over Zhang’s firing and a dispute over contingency charges.
Zhang filed a go well with final month in California state court docket alleging Dentons ousted him for reporting that the regulation agency cast a doc in an try to switch tens of tens of millions of money from a Chinese shopper, in response to a court filing.
Zhang says he demanded the firing of agency CEO Michael McNamara, however the agency fired Zhang as an alternative, advancing “made-up or make-weight arguments” to justify the ouster.
Dentons mentioned in a press release that the forgery allegation is an “utter fabrication” and informed a distinct story in a notice eradicating the go well with to federal court docket in Los Angeles.
Dentons says it was entitled to gather legal professional charges from the shopper in China after a multimillion-dollar settlement of its case. But Zhang, who represented the shopper, demanded that Dentons assure him 85% of the contingency award, the removing discover says. Dentons refused.
“Zhang went around Dentons to the client, with whom Zhang negotiated for Zhang to personally receive the lion’s share of the contingency fee award,” Dentons’ removing discover alleged.
“Zhang additionally started secretly exfiltrating delicate and confidential info from Dentons, together with shopper confidential info and delicate private info of nonparty people.
“When Dentons refused to permit Zhang to engage in improper self-dealing, Zhang responded with slanderous and false allegations against Dentons’ leadership.”
Dentons fired Zhang on May 5 and sought arbitration for an alleged breach of the partnership agreement.
Zhang filed go well with throughout the arbitration. “With Zhang’s clients gone, his reputation destroyed, his compensation eliminated, and his career in shambles, Zhang now brings this action against defendants for statutory and common law wrongful termination, racial discrimination, international infliction of emotional distress, and declaratory relief, to hold them accountable for their horrendous and cruel misdeeds,” he says in a authorized submitting.
Dentons counters in its removing discover that Zhang’s allegations “are meritless, false and ultimately slanderous.” Its spokesperson informed authorized publications that Zhang’s allegations “are as outrageous as they are untrue.”