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Old 02-22-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
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Frivolous LawSuit!

So he is blaming the medications for his gambling and loosing 14 million dollars. I think not.

http://www.statesman.com/news/conten...asinosuit.html
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What a stupid lawsuit. Lawsuits like this piss me off.
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Not a particularly strong case - the scientific data is based on the alleged affects of the drug on 11 people.

I'd be interested to see where this case was filed. Some jurisdictions in Texas are a haven for plaintiff's attorneys.

As for recovery from the casinos - good luck. There is too much money being made by these machines - the casino owners will fight this to the end.
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Calif. Woman Spanked at Work Sues for $1.2M

By JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 51 minutes ago

Lawyers for a woman who was spanked in front of her co-workers as part of what her employer said was a camaraderie-building exercise asked a jury Wednesday for at least $1.2 million for the humiliation she claimed to have suffered.

Janet Orlando, 53, quit her job at the home security company Alarm One Inc. and sued, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress.

Employees were paddled with rival companies' yard signs as part of a contest that pitted sales teams against each other, according to court documents. The winners poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks.

"No reasonable middle-aged woman would want to be put up there before a group of young men, turned around to show her buttocks, get spanked and called abusive names, and told it was to increase sales and motivate employees," her lawyer, Nicholas "Butch" Wagner, said in his closing argument.

Lawyers for Alarm One, an Anaheim-based, 300-employee company, said the spankings were part of a voluntary program to build camaraderie and were not discriminatory because they were given to both male and female workers.

"This is being done for one reason and one reason only — money," said K. Poncho Baker, the company's lawyer.

Alarm One officials ceased the practice in 2004, the year Orlando sued, after another employee complained of being injured, according to court records.
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Spanked Californian woman gets $1.7 million in lawsuit
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A California woman who sued her former employer after she was spanked on the job was awarded $1.7 million in damages and compensation on Friday.


Plaintiff Janet Orlando leaves a Fresno Superior Court courtroom during a break in closing arguments in her sexual harassment case against home security company Alarm One Inc. on Wednesday, April 25, 2006, in Fresno, Calif. Lawyers for Orlando who was spanked in front of her co-workers as part of what her employer said was a camaraderie-building exercise asked a jury Wednesday for at least $1.2 million for the humiliation she claimed to have suffered. [AP]


Janet Orlando, 53, said she was embarrassed, permanently scarred and mentally anguished by the fraternity-like atmosphere and sales-building exercises at Alarm One Inc., which included paddling if an employee was late for a sales meeting.

The jury initially awarded her $500,000 in compensatory damages for lost wages, emotional distress and medical expenses. After further deliberation, the jury added another $1.2 million in punitive damages, lawyers said.

"Nationwide this will make for a safer workplace, help ensure less harassment in the workplace," Orlando's attorney Nicholas "Butch" Wagner told Reuters.

"The most compelling evidence is that they made a middle-aged woman go in front of mostly male co-workers between the ages of 18 and 24, bend over, put her hands on the wall and spanked her with a metal sign."

The swatting incidents occurred in 2003 and stopped as soon as executives at company headquarters in Anaheim, California, received a complaint, Alarm One Chief Operating Officer Patrick Smith said.

Sales people at the home security company's Fresno office, which has since closed, developed the unorthodox practices themselves.

Two original plaintiffs who sued over the practice settled out of court, defense attorney K. Poncho Baker said.

The company did not return calls seeking reaction after the jury announced its verdict.
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