Lidow v. Superior Court, 206 Cal. App. 4th 351 (2012)

Alexander Lidow, the former CEO of International Rectifier Corporation (“IR”), sued his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of public policy and several other claims arising from the termination of his employment. In response, IR moved for summary adjudication of Lidow’s wrongful termination claim on several grounds, including that pursuant to the “internal affairs doctrine,” Delaware not California law governed the claim. The trial court granted summary adjudication to IR, but in response to Lidow’s petition, the Court of Appeal issued a peremptory writ of mandate directing the trial court to vacate its order dismissing the claim and to enter a new order denying IR’s motion. The appellate court reasoned that where there are allegations made by a corporate officer that he was removed for complaining about possible illegal or harmful activity, the internal affairs doctrine is inapplicable and California law governs the claim.