Statement from Cliff Sethness, Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, on Behalf of Yusen Terminals (YTI) Regarding McCoy v. Yusen Terminals Verdict (LA County Superior Court Case BC 346725)

LOS ANGELES--()--Statement from Cliff Sethness, Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, on behalf of Yusen Terminals (YTI) regarding McCoy v. Yusen Terminals verdict (LA County Superior Court Case BC 346725):

“A downtown Los Angeles jury on Friday rejected the multi-million dollar allegations of a marine clerk alleging that she had been unlawfully retaliated against by Yusen Terminals (YTI) during a four-month training program. Plaintiff, represented by high-profile litigator Mark Geragos, claimed that during the training, she was segregated in a back room, was not adequately trained by the white male Union planners, and ultimately was forced to quit the training and then missed five years of work. The jury turned back the request for millions of dollars in damages, returning a verdict in favor of the defense, finding that plaintiff had not proven any damages and had not proved that she was retaliated against.”

Background:

Plaintiff Catherine McCoy started vessel planner training at Yusen Terminals in late 2003, was in the training for four months, and in March 2004 quit the training, claiming that she had been set up for failure, hard-timed, segregated and retaliated against during her training. Her lawsuit was filed in 2006, took 9 ½ years to litigate, and included a first trial, a JNOV (judgment notwithstanding verdict in favor of Yusen Terminals), a Court of Appeals decision and a new trial.

At the new trial, represented by high-profile litigator Mark Geragos of Geragos & Geragos, plaintiff insisted that she had been relegated to a back room for the duration of the training, that the male vessel planners who trained her did not want her to succeed and failed to train her, that she was yelled at and berated during the training, and that she had to quit the training and then all employment at the waterfront for five years.

Yusen Terminals, represented by RJ Hendricks and Clifford Sethness of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, insisted during the trial that plaintiff had been trained exactly the same as the other dozen persons who had trained to become a vessel planner at Yusen, that plaintiff never complained about her supposed mistreatment during the training, that plaintiff never took the certification test to become a Vessel Planner, and that plaintiff had not been retaliated against in her training.

The trial lasted three weeks. The jury rejected plaintiff’s claim that she had been unlawfully retaliated against, and rejected plaintiff’s request that she be awarded multiple millions of dollars in economic and non-economic damages. The case cite is McCoy v. Yusen Terminals, LA County Superior Court Case BC 346725.

Contacts

Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Cliff Sethness, (213) 612-1080

Contacts

Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Cliff Sethness, (213) 612-1080