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Pet clinic employee seeks to voluntarily dismiss defamation suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 19, 2016

A Hillsdale Pet Clinic employee filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss her defamation lawsuit alleging her employer breached an IRA contract.

Plaintiff Tanya Pruitt filed her voluntary motion to dismiss without prejudice on April 1 through attorneys Michael Brunton and Mary Stewart of Brunton Law Offices in Collinsville.

In her lawsuit, Pruitt accused her former boss, James Hill, of “fraudulent theft” by keeping Pruitt’s IRA money from her paycheck and keeping the matching funds that were supposed to go into her IRA account.

She also accuses him of defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Hill argues that Pruitt couldn’t have been wrongfully terminated as a result of her request for repayment because she was allegedly discharged nine days before she made the request.

He argues that he reimbursed her for any lost IRA funds. The plaintiff allegedly cashed the check without objection on May 6, 2014.

He also claims Pruitt’s retaliatory discharge and defamation claims are not sufficient.

Hill is represented by Thomas A. Hill of Highland.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-325

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