Duplantis v. Fullerton Dodge, Inc. (04CC11590)

Hon. Ron Bauer – Orange County Superior Court

EMPLOYMENT

Unlawful and Unfair Business Practices

Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy

Breach of Contract

Unpaid Wages in Violation of Labor Code §201

Fraud

False Promise

Negligent Misrepresentation

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

ATTORNEYS:

Plaintiff, Wayne Duplantis

Charles Matheis, Esq. (BEAM, BROBECK & WEST, LLP)

Defendant, Fullerton Dodge, Inc.

Elizabeth L. Kolar, Esq. (Kolar & Associates- Santa Ana, CA)

FACTS:

Plaintiff, Wayne Duplatis was an employee of Fullerton Dodge Inc. who sued the dealership for wrongful termination based on the allegation that he was offered employment at the dealership for as long as he desired. The dealership alleged he was an at-will employee. He further alleged that Fullerton Dodge engaged in “payment packing” resulting in his termination based upon retaliatory motives when he complained. Fullerton Dodge, Inc. denied all of Plaintiff’s allegations.

JURY TRIAL:

Plaintiff demanded over $500,000. Verdict for Plaintiff of $13,000.