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Monday, June 23, 2014

Liability for employer's attorney fees if you lose the case? BET demands $150K from B. Scott

BET demands $150K in attorney fees from B. Scott, but is not likely to get it. Scott sued for gender discrimination and lost, based on an unusual 1st Amendment freedom of speech defense, and BET spent $150K on attorneys. Fee awards to prevailing defendants under both federal and California state law require a showing that the suit was frivolous and lacking in any reasonable merit from the start. If Scott's suit had a possible meritorious basis, which it quite clearly did, despite the fact that Scott ultimately lost, then BET won't get its fees.

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