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Veno v. Meredith

515 A.2d 571 (1986)

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Veno v. Meredith

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

515 A.2d 571 (1986)

Facts

Carl Veno (plaintiff) was the managing editor of a newspaper owned by Charles Meredith (defendant). Approximately eight years into Veno’s tenure with the newspaper, Meredith fired Veno for publishing a story critical of a local judge. Veno sued Meredith, alleging that Meredith had wrongfully discharged him. Meredith argued that Veno was an at-will employee. Several years earlier, Meredith had cosigned a disclosure statement and demand note when Veno purchased a house. According to Veno, at that time, Meredith told him that although they were not earning much money then, they would someday. Meredith also allegedly stated that he wanted Veno to raise his family in the area and that he and Veno would retire together. In addition, Meredith was aware that Veno had moved his family from Newark to Pennsylvania to work for Meredith and that Veno had turned down other job offers while employed by Meredith’s newspaper. The trial court issued a nonsuit at the end of Veno’s case-in-chief, and Veno appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cavanaugh, J.)

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