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K-Mart Corp. v. Trotti
Texas Court of Appeals
677 S.W.2d 632 (1984)
Billie Trotti (plaintiff) worked for K-Mart Corporation (defendant). K-Mart provided its employees lockers in which they could store their personal effects while working. Trotti bought her own combination lock to put on her locker. Suspecting that another employee had stolen a watch, K-Mart searched its employees’ lockers, including Trotti’s. Trotti sued K-Mart, alleging that the search violated her privacy rights. Although it is undisputed that Trotti’s combination lock was on her locker, the parties submitted contradictory evidence as to whether Trotti had secured the lock prior to starting her shift. The trial court awarded Trotti $8,000 in actual damages and $100,000 in exemplary damages. K-Mart appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bullock, J.)
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