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Contract Claims Against Tobacco Co. Preempted, Judge Says

Law360 (June 13, 2018, 6:54 PM EDT) -- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. on Wednesday ducked claims from three former employees that it breached their union contract and intentionally caused them stress leading up to their termination after an Illinois federal judge said the Labor Management Relations Act preempts their claims.

U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis said that while the LMRA "clearly" blocks the breach of contract claim lobbed by Christopher Schreiner, Michael Schreiner and Mark Cortino, their claims for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress over the events surrounding their termination require a...
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Case Information

Case Title

Schreiner et al v. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. et al

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

720(Labor: Labor/Mgt. Relations)


Honorable Sara L. Ellis

Date Filed

October 18, 2017

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