Breach Of Contract Cases

Plaintiff alleged an implied lifetime employment contract after supervisor allegedly assured plaintiff that plaintiff’s job was not in jeopardy. In a jury trial, defendant argued persuasively that the employer had responded to an economic downturn by first cutting back all possible costs and expenses, including executive compensation, before a reduction in force became necessary. During jury selection and closing argument, Mr. Osaka used his “Star Trek” defense. The jury, many of whom were dues paying union members, returned a verdict for the employer.

Union health and welfare trust alleged failure to pay trust benefits pursuant to collective bargaining agreement against employer. The underpayments were caused by an underlying calculation error, and a settlement and payment plan were negotiated on behalf of defendant after arguing that payments ceased to be due at the expiration of the operative agreement, as well as raising a statute of limitations defense.