The Case: Breach of Employment and Defamation
President/CEO of a North American subsidiary of a European-based conglomerate terminated for cause.
Reviewed the job search efforts of former employee and opined relative to employability, earnings potential and mitigation of damages. Reviewed impact of “for cause” termination in the marketplace for former executive and testified regarding the negative impact of alleged defamatory statements to the business community.
Jury found in favor of the Plaintiff awarding $13 million in compensatory and punitive damages, which at the time was believed to be the largest award of this type of case in U.S. history. The trial court’s judgement was subsequently affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court.