Hartley v. Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha

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Hartley v. Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha

Case Number
S-15-0976
Call Date
August 30, 2016
Court Number
Douglas
Case Summary

S-15-0976 Kristina J. Hartley v. Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha (Appellant)

Douglas County District Court, Judge Marlon A. Polk

Attorneys: Mark Mendenhall (Appellant) --- Abby Osborn & Joy Shiffermiller (Shiffermiller Law Office, P.C., L.L.O.)

Civil: Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act

Proceedings below: Following a trial in Hartley I, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Appellant. The Nebraska Court of Appeals remanded the jury verdict back to the district court. Following a re-trial, the jury found in favor of Appellee. The district court denied Appellant's motion for new trial and issued an order on Appellee's application for attorney fees. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Issues: 1) The District Court abused its discretion by not allowing testimony from Damian Blackwell and Craig Johnson, 2) the District Court erred by overruling Appellant's Motion for Directed Verdict, 3) the District Court erred by overruling Appellant's Motion for a New Trial, 4) the jury's verdict of August 28, 2015, is against the weight of the law, and 5) the District Court abused its discretion by ordering attorney fees that were unreasonable and unnecessary.