In a case in which McCarter & English acted as lead counsel, a California jury on Monday handed PNY Technologies Inc. a victory in a Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s case over a $1.5 million hiring agreement, finding that the agreement was unenforceable and that the flash-memory maker didn’t misrepresent the terms when it took him on.
After deliberating less than one day, the jury in memory-chip startup founder Lorenzo Salhi’s case found that Salhi failed to live up to his side of the hiring deal and that he had no excuse for his actions. PNY argued during the week-and-a-half-long trial that Salhi was hired as a sales executive but didn’t bring in any customers or make any sales.
“This was a grueling fight,” PNY attorney Pamela Moore of McCarter & English LLP told Law360 Monday. “It was very contentious and hard-fought litigation against a very good plaintiffs’ firm. My client is finally vindicated — they felt they had done nothing wrong.” Moore was assisted by Chris Mayer at trial.