SEIU-Texas (formerly known as SEIU Local 5) may have pushed its anti-employer corporate campaign too far in 2007, when it alleged publicly that a non-union Texas janitorial contractor systematically failed to pay its employees for all hours worked and instructed janitors to work off the clock. The employer, Professional Janitorial Servicing of Houston, Inc., sued the union in state court for defamation, and in September 2016 won a jury verdict of $5.3 million in lost profits and $2.5 million in pre-judgment interest. With declared assets of just over $1 million, the SEIU Local filed for bankruptcy on December 3, asserting that it has $10 million in liabilities and that bankruptcy will allow it to remain in operation while it appeals the verdict. The Local asserts that the verdict should be reversed because its communications, made in its effort to organize workers, were protected under federal labor law and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, the employer is seeking to force the SEIU International union to pay the award, asserting essentially that the International controls the Local to such an extent that the unions are a “single enterprise” subject to the verdict. Employers having dealings with the SEIU or other unions mounting corporate campaigns may want to stay tuned for the outcome of this case. False claims by union organizers in corporate campaigns are not unusual. What may have made this case different were the union’s false claims that the employer was violating the law and the fact that the employer went on the offensive.