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Date: 08-14-2017

Case Style:

David Mueller v. Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, Frank Bell and Scott Swift

Case Number: 1:15-cv-01974-WJM-KLM

Judge: William J. Martinez

Court: United States District Court for the District of Colorado (Denver County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Gabriel McFarland and Neide Morrison

Defendant's Attorney: Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jesse Schaudies, Brian Schwalb, Courtney Sullivan, and Katherine Wright

Description: Denver, CO - Jury Awards Taylor Swift $1

David Mueller sued Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, Frank Bell and Scott Swift on tortious interference theories claiming that he was fired from his $150,000 a year job at KYGO radio in Denver after he was wrongfully was accused of groping Ms. Swift during a pre-concert photo session in 2013.

Mueller filed suit in the state district court in Denver. Ms. Swift removed the case to the Federal District Court in Denver based on complete diversity of citizenship between the plaintiff and all of the defendants.

Ms. Swift then counterclaimed on an assault and battery theory claiming that Mr. Mueller touched her in appropriately by "grabbing her ass" during the photo session.

Mr. Mueller admitted that he may have touched Ms. Swift during the photo session but denied that he groped her.

The State of the Case:

"Plaintiff David Mueller formerly worked as a morning show on-air personality at radio station KYGO in Denver, Colorado. He began work there in January 2013. Defendant Taylor Swift is a well-known signer, songwriter. Defendant Andrea Swift is Taylor Swift's mother and is part of Taylor Swift's Senior Management Team. Defendant Frank Bell is also part of Taylor Swift's Management Team and serves in the role of Director of Radio. On June 2, 2013, David Mueller attended a pre-concert meet and greet at Taylor Swift's concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Parties dispute the events of that meet and greet. Taylor Swift asserts that in the meet and greet, David Mueller inappropriately and without permission reached under her skirt and grabbed her bottom. David Mueller denies he inappropriately touched Taylor Swift. The incident was reported to KYGO by Frank Bell. Subsequently, David Mueller was terminated from his on-air postion. In response to his termination, David Mueller brought this lawsuit against Taylor Swift, Andreaq Swift and Frank Bell for intentional interference with contractual obligations and tortious interference with prospective business relations. Upon being sued, Taylor Swift filed a counterclaim for assault and battery against David Mueller."


Ms. Swift's motion for judgment as a matter of law at the end of Mr. Mueller's case in chief was sustained. His claimed against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell will be decided by the jury along with Ms. Swift's counterlclaim.

Court Docket Entries from July 1, 2017 through August 11, 2017:

Date Filed # Docket Text

07/07/2017 164 Proposed Jury Instructions Stipulated Statement of the Case by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)

07/07/2017 165 Proposed Verdict Form by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)

07/07/2017 166 Proposed Jury Instructions (Stipulated) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)

07/07/2017 167 Proposed Jury Instructions (Defendants' Disputed Proposed Instructions) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)

07/07/2017 168 Proposed Jury Instructions (Plaintiff's Disputed) by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)

07/07/2017 169 Proposed Verdict Form by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)

07/13/2017 170 MOTION for Extension of Time to and Amend Pre-Trial Order by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order (PDF Only))(McFarland, M.) (Entered: 07/13/2017)

07/13/2017 171 ORDER granting in part 170 Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time and to Amend Pre-Trial Order. Plaintiff's Motion is GRANTED IN PART for good cause shown. The motion to GRANTED to extend the deadline for the parties to file all remaining materials required in advance of the Final Pretrial Conference. See WJM Revised Practice Standards IV.B.4. The parties are hereby granted leave to file these materials no later than Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Plaintiff's Motion is DENIED to the extent it seeks to amend the Final Pretrial Order at this time. Any stipulated or proposed amendments to the Pretrial Order must be filed along with the other materials now due on July 18, 2017. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 7/13/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmlc2, ) (Entered: 07/13/2017)

07/14/2017 172 ORDER: This matter is before the Court sua sponte. To promote the orderly and efficient conduct of trial, the parties are hereby GRANTED LEAVE and DIRECTED to file the final witness lists required by WJM Revised Practice Standards IV.B.4.a. under Restriction Level 1, pursuant to D.C. COLO.LCivR 7.2. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 7/14/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmlc2, ) (Entered: 07/14/2017)

07/14/2017 173 LETTER from Entercom (angar, ) (Entered: 07/17/2017)

07/17/2017 174 ORDER: This matter is before the Court on the Letter to the Court from Michael E. Dash, Jr. on behalf of Entercom Communications Corporation, dated July 14, 2017 173 . The Parties are DIRECTED to file a Response to Entercom's letter no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on
7/17/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmsec, ) (Entered: 07/17/2017)

07/17/2017 175 ORDER: This matter is before the Court sua sponte. To promote the orderly and efficient conduct of trial, the parties are hereby GRANTED LEAVE and DIRECTED to file their proposed voir dire questions, as required by WJM Revised Practice Standards IV.B.4.c. under Restriction Level 1, pursuant to D.C. COLO.LCivR 7.2. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 7/17/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmlc2, ) (Entered: 07/17/2017)

07/18/2017 176 Proposed Jury Instructions Plaintiff's Objections to Defendants' Proposed Disputed Jury Instructions by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 177 RESTRICTED DOCUMENT - Level 1 - Defendants' Proposed Voir Dire Questions : by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift.. (Baldridge, J.) Modified on 7/18/2017 to add title and spelling (angar, ) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 178 RESTRICTED DOCUMENT - Level 1 - Defendants'/Counterclaimant's Final Witness List : by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift.. (Baldridge, J.) Modified on 7/18/2017 to add title (angar, ). (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 179 Proposed Jury Instructions (Objections to Plaintiff's Disputed Instructions) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 180 Exhibit List (Defendants' Final List of Proposed Exhibits) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 181 STIPULATION (Stipulated Amendments to Final Pretrial Order) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 182 STATEMENT (Joint List of Issues and Motions to Resolve) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 183 RESPONSE to 173 Letter by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 184 RESTRICTED DOCUMENT - Level 1 - Plaintiff's Final Witness List : by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller.. (McFarland, M.) Modified on 7/19/2017 to add title (angar, ). (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 185 RESTRICTED DOCUMENT - Level 1 - Plaintiff's Proposed Voir Dire : by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller.. (McFarland, M.) Modified on 7/19/2017 to add title (angar, ). (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 186 Exhibit List Plaintiff's Final List of Proposed Exhibits by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 07/18/2017)

07/18/2017 189 ADVISORY NOTICE OF NONCOMPLIANCE WITH COURT RULES/PROCEDURES: re: 186 Exhibit List filed by attorney M. Gabriel McFarland. The document was scanned and not converted directly to portable document format (PDF). DO NOT REFILE THE DOCUMENT. Action to take - future documents must be filed pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 5.1(a) and 1.3(f) of the Electronic Case Filing Procedures (Civil cases). (Text Only Entry) (angar, ) (Entered: 07/19/2017)

07/19/2017 187 RESPONSE to Letter by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 07/19/2017)

07/19/2017 188 ORDER: This matter is before the Court on the Letter to the Court from Michael E. Dash, Jr. on behalf of non-party Entercom Communications Corporation, dated July 14, 2017 173 . Mr. Dash's request to appear telephonically at the Final Trial Preparation Conference set for July 21, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., is GRANTED IN PART. Entercom's Counsel, Mr. Dash, is granted leave to appear telephonically at those portions of the Final Trial Preparation Conference during which the privilege issue identified in his letter may be addressed. Mr. Dash must contact Chambers (303) 335-2805 on or before July 20, 2017 to provide a land line telephone number to be used for the conference call that Chambers will initiate at the point in the Final Trial Preparation Conference when Entercom's privilege concerns may be heard. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 7/19/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmsec, ) (Entered: 07/19/2017)

07/19/2017 190 ORDER on Defendants' Motion for Sanctions. Defendants' Motion for Sanctions for Plaintiff's Spoliation of Evidence (ECF No. 139 ) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on
07/19/2017. (angar, ) (Entered: 07/19/2017)

07/20/2017 191 Trial Decorum Order. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 07/20/2017. (agarc, ) (Additional attachment(s) added on 7/20/2017: # 1 Adendum) (agarc, ). (Main Document 191 replaced on 7/20/2017) (angar, ). (Entered: 07/20/2017)

07/20/2017 192 ORDER Granting in Part Defendants' 154 MOTION in Limine. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 07/20/2017. (angar, ) (Entered: 07/20/2017)

07/21/2017 193 ORDER granting 136 Motion to Exclude. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 07/21/2017. (angar, ) (Entered: 07/21/2017)

07/21/2017 194 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Judge William J. Martinez: Trial Preparation Conference held on 7/21/2017. ORDERED: 1. Opening Statements shall be 20 minutes per side. 2. The parties have up to and including Wednesday, August 2nd to e-mail chambers a list identifying every individual and their capacity or their title that will be seated at the counsel tables. 3. The parties have up to and including Wednesday, August 2nd to file their Amended Final Witness Lists. 4. The parties have up to and including Wednesday, July 26th to discuss by conference call which exhibits can be stipulated to as to authenticity and admissibility, and eliminate duplicative exhibits. 5. The parties have up to and including Wednesday, August 2nd to file their Amended Final Exhibit Lists. 6. Defendants have up to and including Wednesday, July 26th to file an Amended Pretrial Order, for this Court's signature, and this will be the operative pretrial order that will govern the trial. 7. No trial briefs will be accepted. 8. As soon as possible the parties shall let Mr. Dash know when the two individuals, discussed at this conference, may be called to testify. Court Reporter: Mary George. (dhans, ) (Entered: 07/24/2017)

07/25/2017 195 ORDER Granting in Part 135 Defendants' Motion to Exclude the Expert Report, Opinions, and Testimony of Jeffrey B. Opp. Plaintiff's counsel is DIRECTED toinform Mr. Opp of the rulings set out in this Order, and Mr. Opp's anticipated testimony at trial will be limited accordingly. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 07/25/2017. (angar, ) (Entered: 07/25/2017)

07/25/2017 196 Joint MOTION to Amend/Correct/Modify 126 Pretrial Order by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/25/2017)

07/26/2017 197 Proposed Pretrial Order (Amended) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/26/2017)

07/26/2017 198 OBJECTIONS to 186 Exhibit List by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/26/2017)

07/27/2017 199 ORDER: Defendants' Joint Motion For Further Amendment to the Pretrial Order 196 is GRANTED as follows: The parties may file any written objections to exhibits, or amended objections to exhibits, no later than August 3, 2017, although the Court does not require such filings. Counsel are advised that any written objections to exhibits are not self-executing at trial and it remains the obligation of the parties to raise and argue contemporaneous objections pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 103(a). SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 7/27/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmlc2, ) (Entered: 07/27/2017)

07/28/2017 200 Amended Final Pretrial ORDER, by Judge William J. Martinez on 07/28/2017. (Reflecting the courts edits) (angar, ) (Entered: 07/28/2017)

07/31/2017 201 DESIGNATION OF DEPOSITION TESTIMONY by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Attachments: # 1 Deposition Excerpts 1, # 2 Deposition Excerpts 2, # 3 Deposition Excerpts 3, # 4 Deposition Excerpts 4, # 5 Deposition Excerpts 5)(Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 07/31/2017)

08/02/2017 202 Amended Trial Decorum Order, by Judge William J. Martinez on 08/02/2017. (angar, ) (Additional attachment(s) added on 8/2/2017: # 1 Addendum) (angar, ). (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 203 Exhibit List Plaintiff's Amended Final List of Proposed Exhibits by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 204 Witness List Plaintiff's Amended Final Witness List by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (McFarland, M.) (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 205 DESIGNATION OF DEPOSITION TESTIMONY Plaintiff's Deposition Designations With Counterdesignations and Objections by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment - Worden, # 2 Attachment - Call, # 3 Attachment - Liddicoat, # 4 Attachment - Simbeck, # 5 Attachment - Haskell, # 6 Attachment - Melcher)(McFarland, M.) (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 206 RESTRICTED DOCUMENT - Level 1 - Defendants'/Counterclaimant's Amended Final Witness List: by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift.. (Baldridge, J.) Modified on 8/3/2017 to add title (angar, ). (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 207 Exhibit List (Amended Final) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 208 Unopposed Motion for Leave to Restrict Access to Portions of Greg Dent's Deposition Transcript by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller.. (Attachments: # 1 Dent transcript - unredacted, # 2 Dent transcript - proposed redactions, # 3 Proposed Order (PDF Only))(McFarland, M.) Modified on 8/3/2017 to correct even type (angar, ). (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 209 DESIGNATION OF DEPOSITION TESTIMONY (Gregory Dent - Revised) by Defendants Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift, Counter Claimant Taylor Swift. (Baldridge, J.) (Entered: 08/02/2017)

08/02/2017 210 Plaintiff Mueller's Unopposed MOTION to restrict Access to Portions of Greg Dent's Deposition Transcript, by Plaintiff David Mueller, Counter Defendant David Mueller. (Public entry for restricted document 208 - TEXT ONLY ENTRY) (angar, ) (Entered: 08/03/2017)

08/03/2017 211 ORDER. Status Conference for Friday, August 4, 2017at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom A801 ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 08/03/2017. (angar, ) (Entered: 08/03/2017)

08/03/2017 212 NOTICE of Entry of Appearance by Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr on behalf of Frank Bell, Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift Attorney Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr added to party Frank Bell(pty:dft), Attorney Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr added to party Andrea Swift(pty:dft), Attorney Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr added to party Taylor Swift(pty:dft), Attorney Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr added to party Taylor Swift(pty:cc) (Schaudies, Jesse) (Entered: 08/03/2017)

08/04/2017 213 NOTICE of Entry of Appearance of Gillian Cooley Morrison by Neide Gillian Cooley Morrison on behalf of David MuellerAttorney Neide Gillian Cooley Morrison added to party David Mueller(pty:pla), Attorney Neide Gillian Cooley Morrison added to party David Mueller(pty:cd) (Morrison, Neide) (Entered: 08/04/2017)

08/04/2017 214 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Judge William J. Martinez: Status Conference held on 8/4/2017. ORDERED: 1.The parties will receive an alphabetical list of the prospective jurors. These lists shall not be disclosed to anyone outside of the lawyers, their legal teams, and the parties. These Lists SHALL NOT BE MADE PUBLIC. 2. The numerical identifiers from the jury questionnaire form and the completed questionnaires SHALL NOT BE MADE PUBLIC. Court Reporter: Mary George. (dhans, ) (Entered: 08/04/2017)

08/04/2017 216 ADVISORY NOTICE OF NONCOMPLIANCE WITH COURT RULES/PROCEDURES:re: 213 Notice of Entry of Appearance, filed by attorney Neide Gillian Cooley Morrison. DO NOT REFILE THE DOCUMENT. Action to take - counsel must submit a change of contact request through the Attorney Services Portal Account pursuant to D.C.COLO.LAttyR 5(c) and 3.5 of the Electronic Case Filing Procedures (Civil cases).(Text Only Entry) (angar, ) (Entered: 08/07/2017)
08/05/2017 215 ORDER ENTERING RULINGS ON DEPOSITION DESIGNATIONS by Judge William J. Martinez on 8/5/2017. (wjmlc2, ) (Entered: 08/05/2017)

08/07/2017 217 TRANSCRIPT of Final Pretrial Conference held on December 8, 2016 before Magistrate Judge Mix. Pages: 1-10.

NOTICE - REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: Within seven calendar days of this filing, each party shall inform the Court, by filing a Notice of Intent to Redact, of the party's intent to redact personal identifiers from the electronic transcript of the court proceeding. If a Notice of Intent to Redact is not filed within the allotted time, this transcript will be made electronically available after 90 days. Please see the Notice of Electronic Availability of Transcripts document at www.cod.uscourts.gov.

Transcript may only be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber prior to the 90 day deadline for electronic posting on PACER. (Stevens-Koenig Reporting, ) (Entered: 08/07/2017)

08/07/2017 218 ORDER: This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff's oral motion for authorization to communicate with members of the jury in this case. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 47.2 the Motion is GRANTED. Such communications with the jury are authorized under the following restrictions, which will be strictly enforced:(1) only counsel may speak with the jurors; (2) the communication may only take place after the conclusion of the trial; (3) the communication may ONLY occur within this courtroom; (4) and ONLY with those jurors who voluntarily choose to return into the courtroom to speak with the lawyers after I meet with them; and (5) there will be NO communication with a juror after that juror has left this courtroom. The intent of this Order is to provide counsel with the opportunity to discuss with jurors what transpired in the jury's presence in the courtroom, and to receive input from them which may assist counsel in improving their trial skills in future cases. Accordingly, counsel's communications with the jurors will be restricted to these topics. This Order is NOT intended to give counsel the opportunity to make inquiry into the jury's deliberations or to examine with them the validity or consistency of their verdict. Accordingly, counsel are prohibited from discussing with jurors: (a) facts or information which were not received into evidence; (b) the content of the jury's deliberations; or (c) the reasons the jury returned the verdict that it did. Any attorney violating any of these restrictions is subject to being held in contempt of Court. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 8/7/2017. Text Only Entry (wjmsec, ) Modified on 8/8/2017 to edit text (angar, ). (Entered: 08/07/2017)

08/07/2017 219 MINUTE ENTRY for Jury Trial - Day One held before Judge William J. Martinez on 8/7/2017: Trial continued. Court Reporter: Mary George. (Attachments: # 1 Jury Questionnaire) (dhans, ) (Entered: 08/08/2017)

08/08/2017 220 MINUTE ENTRY for Jury Trial - Day Two held before Judge William J. Martinez on 8/8/2017: Trial continued. Court Reporter: Mary George. (dhans, ) (Entered: 08/09/2017)

08/09/2017 221 MINUTE ENTRY for Jury Trial - Day Three held before Judge William J. Martinez on 8/9/2017: Trial continued. Court Reporter: Mary George. (dhans, ) (Entered: 08/10/2017)

08/09/2017 222 Utility Setting/Resetting Deadlines/Hearings: Remaining Trial dates added back to calendar. Text Only Entry (angar, ) (Entered: 08/10/2017)

08/10/2017 223 RESTRICTED DOCUMENT - Level 1: Order (temporarily under restriction), by Judge William J. Martinez (angar, ) Modified on 8/11/2017 to correct document (angar, ). (Entered: 08/10/2017)

08/10/2017 225 MINUTE ENTRY for Jury Trial - Day Four held before Judge William J. Martinez on 8/10/2017. Trial continued. Court Reporter: Mary George. (dhans, ) (Entered: 08/11/2017)

08/11/2017 224 ORDER Granting 208 Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion to Restrict Access to Portions of the Greg Dent's Deposition Transcript. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 08/11/2017. (angar, ) (Entered: 08/11/2017)

Outcome: Jury verdict in favor of Taylor Swift for $1 dollar and for Defendants on Mueller's claims.

Plaintiff's Experts:

Defendant's Experts:

Comments: Editor's Comment: The only defense to a defamation claim is truth. Weather some publication is true or false is normally a question of fact to be determined by the jury. It is not clear why Judge Martinez sustained Ms. Swift's motion for judgment in her favor on Mr. Mueller's claim or claims is curious.

While Mr. Mueller suffered significant damages as a result of his being fired because of his alleged un-consented touching, it would seem that Ms. Swift suffered no harm from having been touched by Mr. Mueller other than some emotional harm.

I am reminded of a limerick that almost all law students learn that goes as follows:

"There once was a lawyer named Lex who said with composure when charged with exposure. De minimis non curat lex (the law does not fool with trifles)."

Mr. Mueller's lawyers probably represented him on a contingency fee basis, which costs him nothing.

The defendant's engaged a prestigious Washington, DC law firm at great expense. Ms. Swift got a judgment in her favor for $1 at a cost of maybe a million dollars. It is nice to be rich.



 
 
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