The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Remember that poor secretary in Pepsi’s legal department, Kathy Henry, who was more or less thrown under the bus by both Pepsi and the media for laying aside a letter that supposedly resulted in a $1.26 billion dollar judgment against Pepsi?
The Court tossed out the judgment on Friday.
In a statement Friday, PepsiCo said it was pleased with the decision and looked forward to defending the case on its merits. No future court dates have been set.
This story motivated bloggers and paralegal listserv members nationwide to weigh in on the extent of Henry’s role in the billion dollar judgment. Some people sniffed that they would never set aside a single letter and helpfully offered to take her job, while others felt by the time the letter got to her desk, bigger fish in the Pepsi corporate pool had dropped the ball (sorry about the mixed metaphor) and should have owned up to their roles in the alleged expiration of the time to answer the plaintiffs’ lawsuit and the resulting jaw-dropping default judgment.
I think we’ve all made mistakes in our careers and should at least feel some empathy for Kathy Henry, whose mistake, regardless of its impact on the final – and brief – judgment, will forever be immortalized by the Internet.
Tip of the Hat to Above the Law.