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After hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Infosys management finally got a reason to smile. The much talked about and hyped Jack Palmer case was dismissed by Alabama federal Judge Myron.
Thompson found Palmer’s case against Infosys had no legal legs because some of the claims brought by Palmer against Infosys, especially those related to threats, aren’t covered by Alabama state law. The judge found no basis to support the charges filed by Palmer and dismissed the case entirely, entering a summary judgment in favour of Infosys. The judge further ordered costs against Palmer.
Buoyed by the decision, Infosys released the following statement "Today’s decision confirms what we have been saying from the beginning: Mr Palmer’s claims of retaliation were completely unfounded."
But, there is a catch. Judge Thompson “made it clear that he reached his conclusion reluctantly, saying the nature of the case required him to base it on Alabama statutes, not federal law,” she wrote.
The judge described as “deeply troubling” the threats Mr. Palmer said he received after word of his visa fraud accusations circulated within the company. “Indeed,” Judge Thompson wrote, “an argument could be made that such threats against whistle-blowers, in particular, should be illegal.”
Experts also insist that, this judgement doesn’t, however, let Infosys entirely off the hook. The decision in the Palmer case will have no effect on the ongoing criminal investigation against Infosys. Palmer’s civil lawsuit filed last year against Infosys has already spawned a criminal investigation by US authorities into the visa practices of the Indian software giant.