Candace Carroll successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the Fourth District Court of Appeal from a marital dissolution order which, rather than equally dividing a substantial marital estate between husband and wife, awarded the vast bulk of it to the wife. The Court of Appeal reversed some portions of the judgment and modified others, resulting in a reallocation between the parties of more than $1 million. The matter was remanded to the trial court for further proceedings on two reversed issues.
Candace Carroll successfully briefed and argued a case of first impression before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District. The question presented was whether a plaintiff who resigns from at-will employment in reliance on an unfulfilled promise of other at-will employment may recover, under a promissory estoppel theory, reliance damages consisting of his future lost wages until retirement from the job he left. The trial court had ruled in the plaintiff's favor and awarded him more than $500,000. In a published opinion, the Court of Appeal vacated the damage award, holding that, while such reliance damages are recoverable on a promissory estoppel theory if they are not speculative and are supported by substantial evidence, the evidence in this case that the plaintiff would have remained in his former at-will position until retirement was too speculative to support the award. The matter was remanded for a new trial on the issue of damages.