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Appeals Court Finds for Employee

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 31, 2011

An employee's case against her former employer for invading her privacy by pretexting has again been settled in her favor. An Illinois jury first found for Kathy Lawlor in her case against North American Corp., awarding her $1.75 million in punitive damages, but a judge sided with the company, resulting in Lawlor receiving a net sum of $84,752. North American then asked the Illinois Appellate Court to review the case, contending that "it should not have been held liable for the misconduct of independent contractors," the Chicago Tribune reports. The appeals court found for Lawlor, announcing last week that it had reinstated the $1.75 million award. The company plans to seek another hearing.
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