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Hudson v. Insteel Industries
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
5 Fed. Appx. 378 (2001)
Insteel Industries, Inc. (Insteel) (defendant) promised John Hudson that if he agreed to join Insteel as general manager of one of its plants and made it profitable within seven years, he could take a share of whatever profits the plant generated over that period. Hudson took the job, and within five years the plant was beginning to make a profit. Soon thereafter, however, Insteel fired Hudson, who was 53, and replaced him with a much younger man. Hudson sued. A federal district-court jury rejected Hudson’s claim that he had an employment contract with Insteel that Insteel breached, but it returned a verdict for Hudson and awarded damages on Hudson’s charges that Insteel was guilty of promissory fraud and illegal age discrimination. The jury awarded Hudson damages on both counts. Insteel appealed to the Sixth Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cole, J.)
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