SR’s Employment Team Secures Second Jury Trial Victory in a Month for Large Utility Company

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SR’s Employment Team Secures Second Jury Trial Victory in a Month for Large Utility Company

Recently, Reginald Roberts and the Sanders Roberts Employment Trial Team secured its second jury trial victory in less than a month. Appearing before the Honorable Otis D. Wright II in the Central District of California, Sanders Roberts defended a utility giant against a former employee at one of its Southern California facilities

In this case, the former employee sued the utility for violations of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd Frank Act, Wrongful Termination, FEHA Retaliation, CFRA Retaliation, Defamation, and Punitive Damages. The former employee sought recovery in the seven figures. “I am happy that my client handles employment matters the right way and even happier that a judge and jury agreed after all evidence was presented.,” said lead trial counsel, Reginald Roberts, Partner at Sanders Roberts LLP. “The Court and the Jury got it right.”

Upon being retained as trial counsel close to the eve of trial, the SR team obtained leave of court, which led to a dismissal of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act claim on Summary Adjudication, and a partial dismissal of the defamation claim on an Anti-SLAPP motion.

At the trial, the SR team successfully argued a nonsuit motion, which led to the dismissal of the Dodd-Frank Act, FEHA retaliation, and Punitive Damages claims. Ultimately, the jury found for SCE on the remaining CFRA retaliation and Wrongful Termination claims. The jury awarded Plaintiff $300 regarding his defamation claim, astronomically less than what the former employee and their counsel previously sought in the litigation.

The SR trial team included lead trial counsel Reginald Roberts, Partner, Sanders Roberts LLP; Melvin Felton, Associate, Sanders Roberts LLP; and Marilyn Perez-Garcia, Paralegal, Sanders Roberts LLP.

Since 2008, Sanders Roberts LLP has provided exceptional legal services customized to its clients and their individual situations. SR believes in efficiently and effectively resolving the issues at hand and crafting solutions that work for its clients and their enterprises.
SR has been recognized as a Top 20 Boutique in California by the Daily Journal, it is also a member of the National Association of Minority and Woman-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and a certified Minority Business Enterprise.

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