Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Flash: Alioto To 415 Media Exclusively: 'We Go To Trial September 9th'; Barbieri Lawsuit Against KNBR/Cumulus Proceeds
Just got this e-mail from Ralph Barbieri's attorney, Angela Alioto:
We have won the Summary Judgement and we are going to trial in San Francisco on September 9th...on the following causes of action: Discrimination based on Age, Discrimination based on Disability, Wrongful Termination, Failure to Prevent Discrimination, Breach of contract.....AND Fraud by Lew Dickey. We will pick a jury on Monday September 9th.
Barbieri was fired from KNBR--Cumulus in April of 2012. There are many people who thought it wouldn't make it this far. They still may be right. The prospect of a settlement is always pertinent and still likely, but this is not your normal case.
A. As one of Ralph's friends pointed out to me recently, "Two things: Ralph is a Scorpio and he's Italian."
B. Deep-pocketed Cumulus can let this play out, right? Maybe, maybe not. Almost every lawyer says Barbieri has no chance to win. They're probably right. On the other hand those same lawyers said it would never get to this point. It has.
C. If the case proceeds, does Cumulus want its dirty laundry aired in public? I doubt it. Does it dare risk further info exposed into the public domain about its secret business model. Would Cumulus itself want to go forward with a potentially sympathetic San Francisco jury judging the merits of a guy who has early-stages Parkinson's disease that was shown the door by a greedy corporate glob like Cumulus?
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