Count the Fifth Circuit among the latest to allow emotional distress damages to employees who successfully sue for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In a December 19, 2016 opinion, the Fifth Circuit held that the district court should have allowed the jury to receive an instruction on emotional distress damages when it was

By:       Brendan J. Begley

A federal appellate court this week upheld an attorney-fee award of nearly $700,000 to a California employee who won less than $28,000 in damages in a lawsuit alleging wrongful demotion.  According to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc., Case No. 11-17282, the trial court was not required to reduce the large disparity between the damages and the fees. 

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In September 2011, a federal jury in Virginia awarded DuPont $919.9 Million in a trade secret misappropriation case.  DuPont brought the case against Kolon Industries, a South Korean competitor, claiming that Kolon misappropriated 149 of its trade secrets relating to its aramid fiber technology, which is used in products such as Kevlar body armor.  The