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Watson v. Century Technology, Inc.

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Watson v. Century Technologies, Inc. is a civil action for employment discrimination. A businesswoman is suddenly fired, finding herself the odd woman out in an organization getting younger by the day. Plaintiff Sharon Watson was a respected senior sales executive working in a technology-based sales company, and has been with the company since it started selling beepers over twenty-five years ago. Danielle Khouri, the new face of Century and a rising star in the tech world, was brought in to shake things up. Sharon’s exceptional career comes to an abrupt end when she is fired from her job. A case of age discrimination, or a simple case of parties not seeing eye to eye on the future of a company? Either side can make a compelling case given the exhibits, testimony, and witnesses.

Watson v. Century Technologies, the first in Theresa D. Moore’s Trial by Fire legal case series, refines the student’s advocacy and examination skills through this full trial—which includes two to four witnesses per side, mini depositions, and modern electronic evidence in the form of emails and Facebook posts that are accessible on online “microsites.” The Second Edition is updated to include an expert witness in human resources practices and a 100-minute video-recording of a juror focus group, each of which deepen a student’s learning experience.

The case series focuses on storytelling as it relates to presenting factual information to judges and juries. Watson is well balanced and can be won by either side, and has a simple narrative with evidentiary depth, to allow for options of strategy and creativity for those who meet the challenge and see hidden gems in the facts.

These cases, by their facts and evidence are meant to inspire the imagination of the students, challenge them, and give them the will and desire to fight for their cause. Watson features true-to-life evidence, documents, and situations, and is professor friendly, with instruction options available in the teaching notes. All of the exhibits are available as free digital files that may be downloaded and prepared for trial.

Law professors may request the teaching notes for this publication by emailing ReviewCopy@lexisnexis.com

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CASE SUMMARY

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFOR USE AS A FULL TRIAL

COMPLAINT

ANSWER

EXHIBITS

        Exhibit 1   Emails
        Exhibit 2   Letter from Amalgamated Pharmacies
        Exhibit 3   Mediation Reports
        Exhibit 4   Client Testimonial, Cynthia Bredemann
        Exhibit 5   Letter from Xavier McDermott
        Exhibit 6   Calendar
        Exhibit 7   Birthday Card
        Exhibit 8   Facebook Page, Aaron Sassower
        Exhibit 9   Facebook Page, Danielle Khouri
        Exhibit 10  Facebook Page, Sharon Watson
        Exhibit 11  Social Media Training Document
        Exhibit 12  Century Technologies, Inc. W-2 Tax Records, Sharon Watson
        Exhibit 13  Annual Sales Reports, YR-2, YR-3, and YR-4
        Exhibit 14  Human Resources Manual

DEPOSITIONS
        Danielle Khouri
        Aaron Sassower
        Jim Stancil
        Sharon Watson

EXPERT WITNESS MATERIALS (OPTIONAL)
        Affidavit of Erin Hammel
        Erin Hammel's CV

JUROR FOCUS GROUP

APPENDICES
        Appendix A  Local Rules for Mock Trials and Pretrial Conferences
        Appendix B  State of Nita Compiled Statutes
        Appendix C  Jury Instructions and Verdict Form