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Representative Cases

Employment Law

Shoen v. Amerco, Inc., 111 Nev. 735, 896 P.2d 469 (1995), wherein the Nevada Supreme Court recognized lifetime employment contracts and the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress in the employment context.

Jackson v. Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc., 173 F.R.D. 524 (D. Nev. 1997), wherein the United States District Court of Nevada held that: (1) employee's discovery requests for information regarding other racial harassment or discrimination complaints against employer were relevant and reasonably calculated to lead to discovery of admissible evidence; (2) such discovery requests were not overbroad; and (3) such discovery requests were not unduly burdensome, except for interrogatory asking employer whether it had ever been "put on notice" of racial discrimination action.

Family Law

Cook v. Cook, 112 Nev. 179, 912 P.2d 264 (1996), wherein the Nevada Supreme Court held that when an attorney and non-attorney divorce, and the attorney drafts a property settlement agreement representing that it is fair and equitable and the non-attorney signs without the benefit of independent legal counsel, the agreement is the product of attorney-client relationship giving rise to legal ramifications, and the agreement is subject to close scrutiny on appeal.

Barelli v. Barelli, 113 Nev. 873, 944 P.2d 246 (1997), wherein the Nevada Supreme Court interpreted NRS 3.223(1)(a) and stated that the Family Court had jurisdiction over suit brought by divorced wife against husband, alleging breach of oral contract of employment, where there was a question of whether the parties property settlement agreement would be reformed to provide for benefits allegedly called for under oral contract, and the existence of the oral agreement related to resolution of this issue.

Gilman v. Gilman, 114 Nev. 416, 956 P.2d 761 (1998), wherein the Nevada Supreme Court adopted the economic needs test as the basis to modify alimony when post-divorce the recipient of alimony co-habitates with another individual.

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