Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC Secures Unanimous Jury Verdict on Behalf of Fortune 500 Company in ADA Discrimination Lawsuit

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Zach Mayer, Rob Rickman, Brian Fisher, and BJ Jones of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC secured a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of their client, a Fortune 500 company, in a lawsuit involving both ADA discrimination and negligence claims.

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To the best of my knowledge, this is the first and only jury trial in Texas that combined both ADA claims and nonsubscriber issues arising out of a workplace injury.

Directors Zach Mayer, Rob Rickman and Brian Fisher, and Senior Attorney BJ Jones of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC successfully defended a Fortune 500 company in an employee discrimination lawsuit alleging ADA discrimination and negligence claims. The legal team secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of their client.

According to court documents, the case stemmed from a workplace injury on October 4, 2012, in which the Plaintiff injured herself while operating a forklift as an employee of the Defendant. Shortly after the alleged injury, the Plaintiff voluntarily joined the Defendant’s workplace injury program covering her work-related injuries. In addition to accepting the benefits of the program, the Plaintiff also agreed to waive her right to sue her employer.

In defending the case, the Defendant relied on its extensive orientation and training program to support its argument that the company was not negligent or the cause of the Plaintiff’s injury. The Defendant also pointed to the Plaintiff’s record of attendance issues to support the decision to terminate her employment at the plant. In response, the Plaintiff claimed that the basis of the termination was her ongoing medical treatment and that the Defendant refused to accommodate her medical limitations.    

On October 14, 2016, after a four-day trial, the eight-member jury reached a unanimous verdict in favor of the Defendant.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first and only jury trial in Texas that combined both ADA claims and nonsubscriber issues arising out of a workplace injury,” says Zach Mayer, lead counsel for the Defendant. “We were able to combine our expertise in employment law with our experience in personal injury and nonsubscriber cases to obtain a favorable jury verdict.”

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC is a full service law firm with offices in Dallas and Houston. Formed in 1992 with five lawyers, today KRCL has more than 95 attorneys. The Firm provides professional services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized public and private companies to entrepreneurs. KRCL handles transactional, litigation and bankruptcy matters in Texas and throughout the country.

Source: Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Cause/Case NO: 4:14-cv-00121
Court: United States District Court Eastern District of Texas
Judge: Honorable Kimberly C Priest Johnson

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