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Q&A With Janice Brown and Arlene Yang on Their Victory in Employment Termination Defense Verdict

We asked Janice Brown and Arlene Yang to tell us about their experience working on the Meyers Nave legal team with Nicole Ries Fox that recently won a defense verdict on all accounts in an employment law case after seven years of litigation and a 10-day bench trial in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.

The case, Horner v. Leone, concerned a former executive of Mr. Copy, Inc., dba MRC Smart Technology Solutions, Inc., who alleged that his former employer, and its founder and former president, Robert Leone, constructively terminated his employment, discriminated against him based on his age, retaliated against him, and promised to employ him for his working life, and failed to pay him wages, sales commissions and reimbursements.

What was the most challenging aspect of the case?

Janice: The other side was quite relentless in pursuing a multi-million dollar win and our client was equally relentless in agreeing not to pay.

Arlene: When representing employers, it’s often frustrating because the cost and risks to bring a case to trial are so high. It was satisfying to get a decision vindicating our clients’ actions.

What did you enjoy most about working on this matter?

Janice: Working with the team, Arlene and Nicole. I also want to give a shout-out to paralegals Tony Kay and Amy Mudd.

Arlene: Your team matters. Our team is hardworking and smart, but we also care about each other and know how to have a good time. Our clients and many third-party witnesses were excellent partners.

Learn more about the case: https://bit.ly/3yZ9cwu.

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