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Sexual Assault

Posted in on September 4, 2017 - Confidential

Riley v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. d/b/a Sam’s Club. Mrs. Riley, a Wal-Mart employee, brought suit against Wal-Mart after suffering physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of co-workers and managers at Sam’s Club. We were associated to try the punitive damages phase of the case after a $750,000 compensatory verdict was awarded to Mrs. Riley.

Wal-Mart settled the case after we obtained the broadest discovery order ever entered against Wal-Mart, compelling it to divulge claims history information and settlement amounts on a nationwide basis for a ten-year period. The firm successfully resisted a motion for summary judgment that would have capped the punitive damages awardable at $250,000. Wal-Mart’s General Counsel insisted the amount of settlement remain confidential.