Phyllis Heiffer v. IDS Telecom and IDS Long Distance: Handled by Mitchell Feldman, Esq. Broad and Cassell, counsel for Plaintiff Heiffer. Labor and Employment and contract dispute between former sales/national account manager and former employer. Venue: Broward County Florida. Presiding Judge: Streitfeld. Jury Trial, May June 2004, 4 days. Result: Directed Verdict for both parties on main contract claims litigated.
Summary of the facts and legal issues: Plaintiff Heiffer filed suit against her former employer, IDS, for breach of the employment agreement, violation of the Florida Whistleblower Statute, unpaid salaries and wages, intentional infliction of emotional distress. IDS counter-sued for breach of the employment agreement under several sections, civil theft of a computer, theft of trade secrets.
Heiffer dropped the first substantive part of her Whistleblower claim in the discovery phase, and then on the day of trial, voluntarily dismissed the remainder of the claim. IDS prevailed and was awarded attorneys fees and costs by the Court. IDS was further awarded attorneys fees and costs on the Breach of Contract claim filed by Heiffer after prevailing on directed verdict, and on Heiffers claims for unpaid salaries, wages and bonuses under Florida Statutes and the employment agreement.
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