Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Labor v. Lear Corp. EEDS and Interiors, No. 15-12060 (11th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
After Lear filed suit against a former employee in state court for defamation and intentional interference with business relations, the district court granted the Secretary's motion for injunctive relief under the whistleblower protection provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), 29 U.S.C. 660(c). The injunction enjoined Lear from, inter alia, suing any current or former employee. The court held that the district court had jurisdiction to consider the Secretary’s request for injunctive relief. However, the district court erred by enjoining Lear from pursuing litigation without finding that such litigation was either baseless or preempted. Accordingly, the court reversed the district court's order and vacated the injunction.