East Country Transport satisfies judgment, drops appeal in retaliatory discharge case

Amelia Flood Feb. 16, 2011, 2:00am


A company that saw a $100,000 verdict entered against it in a retaliatory discharge trial last year has dropped its appeal of that judgment and satisfied the plaintiff.

Defendant East County Transport on Feb. 7 filed to drop its appeal of the verdict won by former employee Frank Cantlon.

Cantlon filed a notice of satisfaction of judgment the same day.

Madison County Associate Judge Thomas Chapman approved both filings Feb. 7.

The release of judgment includes an acknowledgement that East County satisfied "the judgment entered" along with costs and interest.

Cantlon alleged that his former employer fired him because he sought workers' compensation after he injured his knee while on the job.

East County countered that Cantlon did not follow drug testing procedures properly.

The jury in the June 2010 trial awarded Cantlon $26,000 in lost wages, $36,000 in emotional distress damages and $36,000 in punitive damages.

East County then moved to appeal the verdict after Chapman denied a post-trial motion.

Cantlon sought a $130,000 appeal bond in December 2010.

That matter was pushed off by the parties last month.

Michael Brunton represents Cantlon.

Stephen Mudge represents East County.

The case is Madison case number 06-L-435.

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