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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Peterson v. Wilson
Citation:141 F.3d 573 (5th Cir. 1998)
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Plaintiff worked for Texas Southern University (TSU) as a grant director. When TSU fired Peterson, Peterson brought suit against Defendant. Plaintiff’s suit originally named other defendants as well, Defendant was the only defendant remaining in the case by the time of the trial. After a trial, the jury found for Plaintiff and awarded damages. Defendant moved for a new trial. The court granted a new trial, concluding that the jury’s verdict and comments made to the court after the verdict outside the presence of the parties or their counsel demonstrated that the jury had disregarded the court’s instructions and considered improper facts in reaching its verdict. After the new trial, the jury found in favor of Defendant. Plaintiff appealed.
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