June 22nd, 2017
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
Merritt Hawkins & Assocs. v. Gresham
Opinion Date: June 21, 2017
Judge: Carl E. Stewart
Areas of Law: Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
MHA filed suit against defendants, two former employees, based on the alleged breach of non-compete and non-solicitation provisions in its employment contracts, tortious interference, and theft of computer files. The Fifth Circuit vacated the award of exemplary damages to MHA because there was insufficient evidence to support the award; affirmed the district court's evidentiary rulings; affirmed the district court's denial of a motion for judgment as a matter of law where the jury's verdict was consistent; affirmed the district court's take-nothing judgment in favor of Defendant Bowden; affirmed the award of attorneys' fees; and affirmed the district court's denial of equitable remedies.
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