Eagan resident awaits lawsuit resolution

Nearly three years after a jury granted Eagan resident Chandramouli Vaidyanathan $1.9 million in a lawsuit against Seagate Technology, the case remains unresolved.

An eight-day trial following an appeal made by the Bloomington company ended on April 26 with a hung jury, according to the Pioneer Press.

Vaidyanathan filed a wrongful employment lawsuit in 2009, claiming he quit his job in Texas to move across the country to pursue a position as a yield engineer at Seagate — a job that didn’t exist.

Vaidyanathan tried to return to his yield engineering job with Texas Instruments, a global analog and digital semiconductor manufacturer in Dallas, but the company froze new hires because of the economy.

Additionally, Vaidyanathan was given a $10,000 signing bonus from Seagate that included one month’s pay and relocation assistance with the condition that he stay two years. These circumstances, Vaidyanathan said, forced him to accept a different position at Seagate. Vaidyanathan was laid off by Seagate shortly after accepting that position.

In 2010, a Hennepin County jury awarded Vaidyanathan a $1.9 million judgement against Seagate.

In its appeal, Seagate argued that the jury instructions didn’t adequately represent Minnesota law. Two out of three judges agreed with Seagate’s position and a new trial was granted.

Calls to Seagate’s and Vaidyanathan’s attorney’s were not returned in time for publication.

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