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Why location matters in compensation lawsuits



The location where a former employee filed a lawsuit had little relationship to his compensation arrangement with the employer, the contract’s formation, its performance, or its breach, the Texas Court of Appeals said in a recent case.

The plaintiff was employed as an associate at Domingo Garcia’s law office in Dallas County, which was the principal office from which the firm operated. He worked there for almost 10 years and mostly handled cases valued between $30,000 and $50,000.

While working at the defendant law office, the plaintiff received a salary and a monthly bonus in line with a formula, which provided that, if an attorney recovered $30,000 in fees for that month, he would get a bonus of $1,000 plus 10 percent of any attorney’s fees over $30,000.

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