Trial Set for September for Age Discrimination Cases vs. Lawrence Livermore Lab
OAKLAND, Calif., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a hearing on May 16, 2013, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman set a September 9, 2013 trial date in Andrews, et. al. v. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC., Case No. RG09453596. This is the second phase trial in this case. Earlier, on May 10, 2013, an Alameda County jury awarded $2.7 million to the first five plaintiffs in the case for breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
All 130 plaintiffs in this case, including the five test plaintiffs, have remaining claims for age discrimination. Judge Freedman's ruling means that the five plaintiffs' age discrimination claims will go before a jury beginning September 9, 2013. The findings made by the jury during that trial will impact the other 125 plaintiffs' age discrimination claims.
At the hearing, lawyers for defendant Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) argued that they need significant additional discovery – including depositions of all 130 plaintiffs – before they will be ready to try this second phase of the case. Judge Freedman ordered the September 9, 2013 trial date to remain on calendar but permitted lawyers for LLNS to attempt to persuade him to delay the trial. Judge Freedman ordered a further hearing on June 3, 2013 to discuss these logistical issues. Plaintiffs represented by Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer are ready, willing, and able to try the case on September 9, 2013.
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