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Court clamps down on litigation road shows

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Defending lawsuits is expensive, even more so if the case is being heard in some faraway city. Your staff would have to travel long distances to participate in the trial, maybe just for the employee’s convenience.

Fortunately, federal courts in Texas are clamping down on such litigation tactics.

Recent case: When former city of San Angelo employee “John Doe” sued his former employer, he did so in Dallas, claiming it would be easier for him to get his witnesses to Dallas than San Angelo. He also said he believed his case would be a “media circus” if tried in San Angelo. His claim involved same-sex harassment.

The court said there was no compelling reason to inconvenience his former employer. It sent the case back to San Angelo. (Doe v. City of San Angelo, No. 3:09-CV-1434, ND TX, 2009)

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