On January 6, 2016, Ravi Sattiraju of the Sattiraju & Tharney, LLP argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court as amicus on behalf of the New Jersey Association of Justice in the matter of Puglia v. Elk Pipeline, Inc. Mr. Sattiraju argued that the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 et seq. is not preempted by federal labor law because plaintiff is a union member and the matter tangentially involved a collective bargaining agreement. The New Jersey Law Journal published an article about the oral argument. In the matter of O’Keefe v. Hess Corp., 2010 WL 3522088 (D.N.J. 2010), Mr. Sattiraju previously convinced the US District Court that federal labor law does not preempt New Jersey employment laws. The Sattiraju & Tharney, LLP has extensive experience in the area of federal preemption of state employment laws and is available for consultation on such matters.