Speaking of how easy it is for employees to bring profitable meritless claims against employers, the case of William Burch and Champion is fascinating. Champion, which makes air filters, fired Burch. Burch decided to sue for wrongful termination, and tried to make his case better by faking evidence of criminal price-fixing by backdating price-increase sheets. The falsified evidence has led to criminal investigations and class-action suits; Burch himself was able to settle his employment suit for $450,000.
Burch has since pled guilty, and was sentenced to two years for misleading prosecutors. But the lawyers who brought the bogus suit are still proceeding as if nothing has changed and are resisting motions to throw out the civil litigation. Nothing in Burch's sentence requires him to repay Champion. [Bloomberg via Schachter @ NY Post, who has nice things to say about me.]