Dr. Phil Can’t Escape Claim He Imprisoned Workers Over Leak

Law360, Los Angeles (September 14, 2016, 5:55 PM EDT) -- A California judge Wednesday refused to throw out a former CBS Studios employee’s lawsuit claiming “Dr. Phil” held 300 staffers in a locked room and spewed profanities over a media leak, trimming several claims but saying the complaint alleges “sufficient duress” to support false imprisonment.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Feffer rejected a motion from CBS Studios Inc., Dr. Phil McGraw and Peteski Productions Inc. to get rid of plaintiff Leah Rothman’s false imprisonment claim.  But she granted the defendants’ demurrer request on the former employees’ other causes of action: intentional infliction of emotional distress, whistleblower retaliation...

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