Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

First There Were MDV's, Then There Were MMDV's


A little behind in blogging on some MDV (million dollar verdict) cases, so probably just as good to catch up with a couple of multi-million dollar verdicts:

  • The Kansas City Star has the first report, Jury awards Wal-Mart worker $13.9 million, from a case tried last month. Roslyn Campbell was a cashier who found herself arrested by an off duty police officer working for Wal-Mart after an encounter with an angry customer. Two amazing things about the award - First, it was the second million dollar verdict that attorney Kirk Holman received from a Kansas City jury in the last two months. See Jury Awards $6.8 million in harasssment case. Secondly, Ms. Campbell still works at the same Wal-Mart where the incident took place, although now she works as a telephone operator in the back of the store.

  • A Tuscaloosa, Alabama jury last week found that managers of Dollar General were not properly classified under the wage and hour law. The Charlotte Observer tells the story, Family Dollar plans appeal, Court tells company to pay $19.1 million in damages to employees. The case involved 1,400 managers.

Clearly, employment litigation remains a serious business.

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