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Carroll & Turner, PSC, has obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict against a Louisville cable company, following a trial that concluded on Friday, April 27th, 2018.
Thomas Carroll and Lance Turner, from Monticello, represented, seven former employees of Charter Communications in a defamation suit. The seven employees were fired for a violation of company policy in October 2013.
The Plaintiffs had been given and each took home a Hewlett-Packard printer that another administrative assistant, who was in charge of purchasing supplies, had given them, according to testimony presented during the trial. The printers were obtained with rewards points, but could not be used because Charter had an exclusive contract with Xerox.
Testimony indicated that the administrative assistant was told to get rid of the printers. 26 were given away to the plaintiffs and others for personal use. After taking the printers home, they were fired for violation of company policy. Even though the Human Resources investigation recognized that one or more reasonably believed the administrative assistant had the authority to give them the printer. Not all were recommended for termination. However, the corporate office instructed for all to be fired.
The plaintiffs alleged that at a conference of Charter employees, held about a month later, a speaker referred to the incident, calling the plaintiffs “people we know and love who made bad choices” and called it “printergate.” It was discussed in connection with Operation Greenlight (embezzlement) and Operation Buzzkill (drug trafficking and use). Another speaker referenced OJ Simpson and Pete Rose as people we know who made bad choices.
An anonymous employee present at the conference filed an ethics complaint that the presentation violated company policy. However, Corporate headquarters did nothing about the complaint.
The plaintiffs then filed suit against Charter, alleging that the comments accused them of being thieves. They sought damages for embarrassment, humiliation and mental anguish, as well as punitive damages. The plaintiffs presented evidence of how after this presentation that their contact with former colleagues practically dried up.
The trial was presided over by David J. Hale, with the U.S. District Court in Louisville, and lasted five days.
The jury deliberated approximately three hours before returning with a total verdict of $9.45 million. Each plaintiff was awarded $350,000 for embarrassment, humiliation and mental anguish and $1 million in punitive damages.