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Eric A. Welter is an employment lawyer and litigator with the Welter Law Firm, P.C. in Herndon, Virginia. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Texas and California.
The Welter Law Firm represents and advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship and represents businesses in commercial and franchise litigation. The firm’s offices are located in Northern Virginia; Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.
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Category Archives: Defamation
As your company enters the holiday season, it’s important for human resource team members, general counsel and the corporate management to be aware of essential issues that should be addressed proactively to ensure a positive holiday period. The last thing … Continue reading
In Stenehjem v. Sareen, a California Court of Appeal recently held that a former employee’s pre‑litigation demand constituted extortion when the employee threatened to report his former employer to federal authorities due to alleged criminal activity that was “entirely unrelated … Continue reading
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in a recent decision that an employer had not lost its qualified privilege defense to a defamation claim that arose in the context of an employee’s termination. The decision reinforces … Continue reading
In a case involving allegations of defamatory reasons being given for an employment termination, the plaintiff doctor’s claims survived the employer’s motion for summary judgment and will proceed to trial. The case is a cautionary note to employers, as the … Continue reading
In Suarez v. Loomis Armored US, LLC, the Eastern District of Virginia denied the employer’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint, finding that the plaintiff employee had properly pled a defamation claim under Virginia law. More after the break.
In a rather interesting dispute over postings on a personal website and on-line forum, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently entered an order directing the plaintiff to choose between a remittitur (i.e. reduction) of his … Continue reading
In Wynn v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment as to a defamation claim. Plaintiff’s complaint alleged wrongful termination, conversion of her funds, and defamation by … Continue reading
On January 16, 2009, the Virginia Supreme Court remanded the case of Hyland vs. Raytheon Technical Services Company for a jury trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Court. A copy of the opinion is here. We previously commented on the … Continue reading
A federal court jury in Greenville, South Carolina, has awarded a Target customer $3 million in her defamation suit against the company. Although not an employment case, the case has an interesting lesson for employers.
According to The VLW Blog, the Fairfax County Circuit Court has dismissed on remand the defamation claims of a former Raytheon executive who won one of the largest jury verdicts in Virginia in 2005.
Can in-house counsel be held liable for defamation by sending a termination letter to an employee’s attorney recounting the grounds for the termination? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit said “no” under North Dakota law in Humann … Continue reading