Weller v. Finger

Filing 149

Order, Jury Trial held 12/9,10,11/09. Plaintiff's Motions in Limine Docs. 103 , 105 & 107 GRANTED. Plaintiff's Motion in Limine (Doc. 109 ) GRANTED IN PART. Defendant's motions for judgment as a matter of law (Docs. 146 & [1 47] DENIED. Verdict - Jury found for plaintiff and awarded compensatory/nominal damages in the amount of $100,000.00 and punitive damages in the amount of $300,000.00. Post trial motions to be filed no later than 12/31/2009. Any response s due no later than 1/14/2010. Plaintiff's affidavit of attorney's fee and expenses due no later than 12/31/2009. Defendant may file a response no later than 1/14/2010. Signed by Chief Judge Callie V. S. Granade on 12/14/2009. (Attachment: #(1) Verdict) (mab)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION THOMAS C. WELLER, Plaintiff, vs. VAN P. FINGER, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 08-0240-CG-C ORDER The above-styled action came on for trial by jury on December 9, 10 and 11, 2009, before Chief United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade. The jury was selected, but not sworn, on December 1, 2009, before United States Magistrate Judge Katherine P. Nelson. On December 9, 2009, the court held an in-camera hearing with counsel, at which the court GRANTED the plaintiff's motions in limine (Docs. 103, 105, 107), and GRANTED IN PART plaintiff's motion in limine to exclude hearsay testimony concerning alleged specific instances of misconduct (Doc. 109). The jury was then duly sworn, and trial commenced. Plaintiff presented his case-in-chief on December 9, 10, and 11, 2009, and rested. On December 11, 2009, the defendant filed a motion for judgment as a matter of law at the conclusion of the plaintiff's case, which was DENIED because the court found that there was sufficient evidence to go to the jury. The defendant did not present any further evidence, and rested. At the conclusion of all the evidence the defendant filed a motion for judgment as a matter of law (Doc. 147), and such motion was DENIED. The court then held a charge conference with counsel, the respective parties presented their closing arguments to the jury, the court charged the jury on the applicable law, and the jury commenced their deliberations. Now, on the 11th day of December, 2009, comes the jury who having heard the evidence, the arguments of counsel, the charge of the court and having considered the same upon their oaths, return their verdict (a copy of which is attached hereto) into open court with counsel present. Post trial motions are to be filed no later than December 31, 2009. Any responses shall be filed no later than January 14, 2010. The jury having found that the plaintiff is entitled to recovery of his attorney's fees and expenses from the defendant in an amount to be determined by the court, the plaintiff shall submit his affidavit of attorney's fees and expenses to the court no later than December 31, 2009. The defendant may file a response, if any, no later than January 14, 2010. By separate document, the court will enter judgment in accordance the verdict of the jury. DONE and ORDERED this the 14th day of December, 2009. /s/ Callie V. S. Granade CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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