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Rougeau v. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
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Rougeau (Plaintiff) was employed as a guard and fireman at Firestone Tire & Rubber Company’s (Defendant) plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. During his shift at the plant, two lawn mowers were stolen and plant personnel suspected Plaintiff took them. Defendant’s corporate security manager and two of his employees accompanied Plaintiff to his home to search for the missing property. On the advice of his attorney, Plaintiff refused to allow the search of his property. After returning to the plant, Plaintiff was asked to wait inside the guardhouse while a search of the area was conducted. Two guards were instructed to keep Plaintiff in the guardhouse, but Plaintiff was allowed to leave when he fell ill. The total time Plaintiff spent inside the guardhouse was about thirty minutes. Plaintiff sued Defendant for false imprisonment. The trial judge denied recovery to Plaintiff and he appealed.
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