Facts & Procedural History
On August 24, 2006, William Garris III and David Billups flew from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Joplin, Missouri, on a business trip for their employer, Carolina Forge Company, L.L.C. Garris was the quality manager for Carolina Forge, and Billups was a customer service representative. The trip was scheduled to take place from August 24, 2006, to August 27, 2006, in Joplin, Missouri. Normally, William Casella, the corporate representative and plant manager for Carolina Forge, accompanied Garris to Joplin to call on customer F.A.G. Bearings. But Mr. Casella had another commitment, so Billups accompanied Garris on this particular trip. The primary purpose of the trip was to participate in a golf outing at the invitation of F.A.G. Bearings.
Carolina Forge paid for Garris and Billups' airline tickets and rental car in advance of the trip. Carolina Forge also gave Garris and Billups $600.00 cash to pay for expenses incurred during the trip. Helen Mixon, human resource administrator for Carolina Forge, testified in her deposition that the $600.00 was intended to pay for entertaining customers and for gas in the rental car. Carolina Forge also reimbursed employees for additional out of pocket expenses during business trips, including meals, snacks, and alcoholic beverages.
Judge(s): Noma D. Gurich
Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Supreme Court
Related Categories: Employment , Transportation
|Supreme Court Judge(s)|
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Christopher Davis||Johnson & Jones PC|
|Trevor Hughes||Johnson & Jones PC|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Thomas Cordell, Jr.||Frailey Chaffin Cordell Perryman, Sterkel McCalla & Brown LLP|
|Ryan Dean||Frailey Chaffin Cordell Perryman, Sterkel McCalla & Brown LLP|
|Rochette Wurth||Frailey Chaffin Cordell Perryman, Sterkel McCalla & Brown LLP|