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$600,000 Verdict in False Imprisonment Case in Fairfax County

Published by on March 25, 2010

A Fairfax jury recently awarded a former Interstate Van Lines truck driver nearly $600,000 in a false imprisonment and malicious prosecution suit.  More after the break. Eugene Brye had been working as an independent contractor for Interstate Van Lines for about two years when he turned in his resignation with the required three week notice […]

A Fairfax jury recently awarded a former Interstate Van Lines truck driver nearly $600,000 in a false imprisonment and malicious prosecution suit.  More after the break.

Eugene Brye had been working as an independent contractor for Interstate Van Lines for about two years when he turned in his resignation with the required three week notice to the company.  A few days later, as he was driving an Interstate trailer to his home in Alabama to drop off his belongings, Brye received a call from the company’s president, who ordered him to return the trailer to the company’s headquarters in Virginia.  Brye refused and continued on his trip to Alabama.  Meanwhile, the company had contacted the police, saying that Brye had been terminated and was driving a stolen trailer.  Brye was arrested in Alabama and spent the next 34 days in jail.  After the charges were dropped and he was released from jail, Brye sued Interstate for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.  The jury sided with Brye, awarding him $50,000 on the malicious prosecution claim, $200,000 for false imprisonment, and $340,000 in punitive damages.

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