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Maldonado v. Ford Motor Co.
Citation:719 N.W.2d 809 (Mich. 2006)
Maldonado (Petitioner), an employee of Ford Motor Co. (Respondent), sued the company in Michigan state court, alleging that her supervisor sexually harassed her. Maldonado and her attorney repeatedly publicized her former supervisor’s prior indecent exposure conviction that was subsequently expunged, including by issuing a press release and meeting with the media to generate news coverage of the expunged conviction. The attorney participated in these demonstrations and accused the judge of being under Ford’s influence The trial judge dismissed Maldonado’s complaint on the basis of this conduct, concluding that counsel should have known that his public comments would have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing the proceedings.
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