Laura Carlin Mattiacci is a partner and member of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. She is the lead trial counsel for many of the law firm’s most significant cases. Her recent jury trial victories include:
August 22, 2019 – won an appeal in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a disability discrimination case. On July 2, 2019, Laura argued the case on behalf of her client, whose case had been dismissed by the lower court prior to trial. After oral argument, a unanimous panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Laura and reversed the lower court’s decision, sending the case to trial. A trial date is pending.
November 19, 2018 – won a unanimous jury verdict of $6.314 million in federal court against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA after a five-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the Honorable Mark A. Kearney. The jury found that Teva engaged in national origin discrimination (anti-American bias), created a hostile work environment and retaliated against Laura’s client for his complaints of age and national origin discrimination. The jury awarded $200,000 in emotional distress damages, $332,000 in back-pay, $332,000 in liquidated damages, $450,000 in front pay and $5 million in punitive damages. A petition for interest and reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be filed. You can read more about the case here.
July 19, 2018 – won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court against Temple University after a four-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the Honorable Robert F. Kelly. The claims were age discrimination, sex discrimination and retaliation. The jury awarded $350,000 in emotional distress damages and $250,000 in back-pay. The jury also found that Temple University acted with “willful indifference,” which added an additional $250,000 in liquidated damages. Post-verdict, Judge Kelly awarded front-pay damages bringing the judgement to $910,000. On October 16, 2018, after Temple filed an appeal to overturn the verdict, Judge Kelly ruled that the verdict should be upheld. A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs is pending. You can read more about the case here.
June 20, 2017 – won a jury verdict on behalf of former Phillies pitcher and MLB Network analyst, Mitch Williams, in his breach of contract lawsuit against Major League Baseball Network. After an 11-day jury trial in Camden, New Jersey before the Honorable Michael Kassel, the jury found in favor of Mr. Williams, rejecting MLB Network’s allegations that Mr. Williams violated the “morals clause” in his contract in regards to events that occurred at a youth baseball game in 2014 where he was the manager. The amount of the award was $1,565,333, plus costs and interest. You can read more about the case here.
December 13, 2016 – won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court in a disability discrimination case against the Golden Nugget casino after a six-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez. The jury found that his disability and request for an accommodation and/or alleged complaint regarding the failure to accommodate him was a determinative factor in Golden Nugget’s decision not to hire him. The jury was asked only to assess compensatory damages for emotional distress and as a result of the failure to hire the jury returned with a verdict of $340,000. Mr. Jackson, who made approximately $48,000 a year, also has back-pay losses of approximately $170,000 as well as front-pay losses, the award of which would be determined by the Judge. You can read more about the case here.
January 11, 2016 – won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court in an age discrimination case against AT&T. Laura’s client, 66-year old, Jack Gerundo, was terminated by AT&T as part of a “surplus” that he alleged caused him, and other older workers, to lose their jobs. Mr. Gerundo alleged there was a secret and fraudulent “ratings and rankings” system that AT&T used to justify the discriminatory decisions resulting in several older workers being placed on “surplus” status. After a five-day trial, the jury ruled in favor of Mr. Gerundo, finding that his age was a determinative factor in the surplus decision and awarded him $370,000 after attorneys’ fees and costs were also submitted. On December 20, 2016, after AT&T filed an appeal to overturn the verdict, Judge Schmehl ruled that the verdict should be upheld. You can read more about the case here.
In 2013 – won the largest employment law verdict in Pennsylvania, as reported in The Legal Intelligencer – a $1.678 million jury verdict (plus attorney’s fees and costs) on behalf of a whistleblower who was fired after complaining of illegal activity in the workplace. You can read more about the case here.
In 2011 – won a six-figure jury verdict on behalf of a worker in a defamation and intentional interference with contractual relations case (while nine months pregnant). You can read more about the case here.E:email@example.com Direct Fax:215-565-2854