Feb 24 2015
In an opinion released on February 24, the Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed a jury verdict for Garrison, Levin-Epstein client Jeffrey Nelson in his defamation and tortious interference case against his former employer, Tradewind Aviation. Mr. Nelson is a pilot who lost a job offer from a subsequent airline when Tradewind wrongly told that airline that he was involuntarily fired from his job at Tradewind, that he had been removed from flying status for incompetence, and that he was suspected of taking drugs.
In 2011, a jury awarded Mr. Nelson over $400,000 in damages, including punitive damages. Tradewind appealed to the Appellate Court.
As trial counsel and lead attorney for Mr. Nelson, Garrison, Levin-Epstein partner Steve Fitzgerald argued the appeal at the Appellate Court. He was assisted by Attorney Josh Goodbaum, who was the principal drafter of the appellate briefs.
The Appellate Court’s opinion can be found here.
In an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune (available here), Steve Fitzgerald said: “‘If they’re going to speak falsely and negatively about their former employees,’ then employers had better be prepared to pay damages if it hurts former employees’ careers.”
The lawyers of Garrison, Levin-Epstein advocate for the legal rights of employees, including those who are subject to defamation and who lose a job offer because of a previous employer’s misrepresentations.