The case was brought by Susan Rivera, the former president of ACE’s North American operations, claiming that she was entitled to the economic equivalent of a not-for-cause termination under her Employment Agreement following her forced resignation in connection with the NYAG’s investigation of alleged bid-rigging practices in the insurance industry. Recently, the Tribunal issued its decision denying Rivera’s claim in its entirety, finding that her action was time-barred under Pennsylvania law, and even if not, that her conduct fully justified termination for cause under her employment contract. This decision came after two years of hard-fought litigation that culminated in a week-long trial—including testimony from ACE’s CEO, ACE’s general counsel and its outside counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton—held at Ropes’ New York offices. The cross-office and cross-practice team consisted of New York litigation partner Christopher Conniff, Boston labor & employment partner David Mandel, Boston labor & employment associates Douglas Brayley and Jennifer Cormier.
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