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Capstone Project: Brown vs. Hammond case
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Brown vs. Hammond, 810 F. Supp. 644 (E.D. Pa. 1993)
Complaint
In the case Brown vs. Hammond, 810 F. Supp. 644 (E.D. Pa. 1993), the plaintiff was
employed by the defendant as a paralegal. The defendant told the plaintiff and made her billable
hours as a paralegal with an attorney rate (Brown vs. Hammond, 1993). Progressively, the firm
overcharged clients, which compelled the plaintiff to report the issue besides declining to bill
their clients. This led to her dismissal by her boss, in this case, the defendant. As a result, the
plaintiff Cynthia Brown Sued Robert Hammond, the defendant. The plaintiff sued the defendant
for wrongful termination following the declining and reporting of the defendants actions of
improper billing (Brown vs. Hammond, 1993).
Legal Research
Authority, in this case, refers to items that courts may find themselves bound to or
influence their decisions. In this regard, the level of the court and jurisdiction must be considered
to determine if a legal authority is persuasive or mandatory (Hinkle, 2015). Mandatory
authorities are those that are binding on the court, and courts must follow them. For instance,
cases that originate from a higher court and are based in the same jurisdiction. Also, legal
decisions arrived at by the US Supreme Court are mandatory. Again, precedents or judicial
proceedings creating rules that other courts must follow in determining and deciding similar
cases are also mandatory (Hinkle, 2015).
On the other hand, persuasive authority refers to that the courts may, although not bound
to observe. For instance, issues in other jurisdictions may be cited in the case being heard,
although this is not binding. Similarly, decisions of trial courts are also persuasive authority

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1 Capstone Project: Brown vs. Hammond case Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Course Name and Number Professor’s Name Assignment Due Date 2 Brown vs. Hammond, 810 F. Supp. 644 (E.D. Pa. 1993) Complaint In the case Brown vs. Hammond, 810 F. Supp. 644 (E.D. Pa. 1993), the plaintiff was employed by the defendant as a paralegal. The defendant told the plaintiff and made her billable hours as a paralegal with an attorney rate (Brown vs. Hammond, 1993). Progressively, the firm overcharged clients, which compelled the plaintiff to report the issue besides declining to bill their clients. This led to her dismissal by her boss, in this case, the defendant. As a result, the plaintiff Cynthia Brown Sued Robert Hammond, the defendant. The plaintiff sued the defendant for wrongful termination following the declining and reporting of the defendant’s actions of improper billing (Brown vs. Hammond, 1993). Legal Research Authority, in this case, refers to items that courts may find themselves bound to or influence their decisions. In this regard, the level of the court and jurisdiction must be considered to determine if a legal authority is persuasive or mandatory (Hinkle, 2015). Mandatory authorities are those that are binding on the court, and courts must follow them. For instance, cases that originate from a higher court and are based in the same jurisdiction. Also, legal decisions arrived at by the US Supreme Court are mandatory. Again, precedents or judicial proceedings c ...
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