Court: Entercom Not Responsible For Ex-Employee's "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" Legal Fees
September 5, 2013
A California appeals court has ruled that Entercom is not responsible for the court fees of former KDND morning show assistant Matthew Carter. Carter was a part-timer working at the Entercom-Sacramento station during the infamous 2007 "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" contest, which led to the death of Jennifer Strange. Strange's family sued Entercom and a number of its employees, and was awarded $16.5 million in damages in 2009.
According to Central Valley Business Times, Carter was dismissed from the suit by Strange's family eventually, but had hired his own lawyer. When that lawyer submitted a bill for over $807,000, Entercom's insurance said it was not required to pay the fees, as Entercom had offered to provide its own counsel.
A trial court agreed with Entercom and its insurance, and the California 3rd District Court of Appeals has also agreed. In this week's ruling, the court said that Carter "did not have an absolute right to chose his own attorney to represent him at the expense of his employer" or the stationís insurance company.