August 29, 2014

Successfully Defended Jury Verdict on Appeal

Payne & Fears LLP defeated a plaintiff’s effort to overturn a defense jury verdict in White v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. et al. The plaintiff, an employee of Payne & Fears’ client, had alleged claims for discrimination, harassment, assault, battery, and unpaid wages. After a jury entered a complete defense verdict (and after the trial court awarded more than $34,000 in costs against plaintiff and her counsel), the plaintiff appealed on a number of grounds, including allegedly erroneous rulings on motions in limine, a nonsuit motion, and the special verdict form. The California Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in all respects. Jeff Brown and Alejandro Ruiz defended the case at trial, and worked with Erik Andersen to secure a successful result on appeal.