We are pleased to report that the verdict in Williams v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership ranks as the top verdict by VerdictSearch for an individual employment action in California in 2016. The case also ranks as the fourth largest verdict in any employment case (class action or individual suit) in the U.S. in 2016.
Last Fall, I announced the Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship for college students. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage young people to advance the cause of social justice. Scholarship applicants were required to produce and post on YouTube a short video on the topic of justice. You can see the student videos at dolanlawfirm.com/about-us/scholarship.
Christopher Dolan, founder and lead trial counsel at the Dolan Law Firm, announced today that Fátima Casas, an undergraduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship. The firm awarded Casas a $2,500 scholarship.
Attorney Chris Dolan will be speaking this week at the New Lawyers Division Conference hosted by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association at Lake Tahoe. Chris will speak on the topic of trying an individual whistleblower action before a jury, sharing best practices and ways to counter defense arguments. Last Fall, Chris and co-counsel Anne Costin obtained a $20 million verdict in whistleblower and wrongful termination case of Williams v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership.
Recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in California, Chris speaks throughout the year at conferences in California and across the nation instructing lawyers on the techniques and skills necessary for successful trial advocacy.
California’s leading legal newspaper, the Daily Journal, has recognized the outstanding success of attorneys Chris Dolan and Anne Costin in Williams v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership as one of the Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts in California for 2016.
On November 25, 2016, columnist Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times profiled Patricia Williams who was wrongfully terminated after she blew the whistle on fraud at former employer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the nation’s largest timeshare company. A San Francisco Superior Court jury the week earlier awarded Williams $20 million for her lost earnings and emotional distress, and punitive damages.
During her tenure at Wyndham, Williams told her superiors about an array of dubious activities with a focus on defrauding elderly customers. Salespersons falsely told customers that Wyndham would buy back their ownership stakes if they no longer wanted them. Credit card accounts were opened for buyers and charged without their knowledge and approval.
Press Release: $20 Million Verdict For Whistleblower Who Exposed Financial Fraud of Elderly By Wyndham Vacation Ownership – World’s Largest Timeshare Company
A San Francisco jury awarded $20 million to Trish Williams, a former Wyndham timeshare sales representative, who was wrongfully terminated for reporting time share fraud on the elderly (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-12-526187). The verdict, read late on Thursday, November 17, 2016, followed a one-month trial in which Williams was represented by Chris Dolan of The Dolan Law Firm and Anne Costin of Costin Law Inc.
Join Chris Dolan and other members of the Dolan Law Firm this week in San Francisco at the 55th Annual Convention of the Consumer Attorneys of California.