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Paula Deen's Testimony May Also Have Some of the Ingredients for an Alter Ego Theory of Liability

Fried Chicken Yesterday, we observed that Paula Deen’s deposition testimony in the case filed by Lisa Jackson may be used to prove that one or more companies owned by Deen must pay for Jackson’s damages resulting from assault and battery by Deen’s brother, Earl “Bubba” Heirs, assuming that Jackson proves assault and battery. We said that, if Heirs worked for the companies, and the companies knew of Heirs’ misconduct and either expressly adopted it or implicitly approved of it, then the companies could be found vicariously liable based on a theory of ratification.  But what if Heirs only worked for one of the companies?  If Heirs is found liable, could the other companies also be found liable?  They could, based on a theory of alter ego, and Deen’s testimony may be helpful in supporting the theory. Read More ›

Paula Deen's Testimony May Have Some of the Ingredients for a Court to Find Deen's Companies Liable for Assault and Battery

Paula DeenOnce known for her frying, Paula Deen is now known for her firing.  On Sunday, the Food Network announced that it would not be renewing Deen’s contractPublic debate has followed about whether Deen’s deposition testimony last month that she used the N-word in the past justified the network’s action.  That’s a business decision for the network, not a legal question.  However, the lawsuit that Deen was testifying in is chock-full of legal questions of the kind that fascinate us at Suits by Suits – starting with questions of ratification, or when an employer can be held liable for the intentional wrongdoing of one employee towards another employee.  Deen’s testimony is relevant to these questions.  Read More ›