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Tag Archives: Judge Liam O’Grady

Cox can’t avoid $1 billion verdict, but can attempt to reduce award (access required)

In a copyright infringement suit brought by members of the music industry against Cox Communications, the jury’s award of $99,830 for each of the infringing works was supported by the evidence and was not unconstitutional. However, Cox will have an ...

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Company can’t escape FLSA claim using highly-compensated exemption (access required)

A company’s bid to avoid overtime liability by claiming an event sales manager was a highly compensated employee failed because her job functions, which included seeking new customers, responding to questions from operations team and serving as the primary point ...

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Hourly rates and billable hours support $975,000 fee award (access required)

Where a successful plaintiff was awarded $3 million in damages in her Trafficking Victims Protection Act, or TVPA lawsuit, the award of $975,000 in attorneys’ fees was found reasonable based on the rates charged, the hours worked and the sophistication ...

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Reprimand was not ‘materially adverse action’ (access required)

Although an employee argued that Fairfax County’s written reprimand marked him a “wrongdoer” and made him “ineligible for promotion,” there was insufficient evidence that he was ineligible for a promotion or that the reprimand otherwise affected the terms and conditions ...

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Labor Secretary’s ‘illogical and improbable’ calculations dismissed (access required)

Although the defendant never opposed the Secretary of Labor’s motion for default judgment, the district court denied it because the motion rested on “illogical and improbable” damages calculations. Background On March 23, 2018, plaintiff alleged violations of the Fair Labor ...

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