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Valladares, et al. v. Madera Quality Nut, Universal Leaf Tobacco, et al.


MADERA, CA-A Madera County jury on Tuesday, September 26, 2006, awarded two whistle blowers over $25 million in damages against Universal Leaf Tobacco, the world’s largest independent tobacco merchant, as well as Universal Corporation, Red River Foods and Madera Quality Nut. After reporting a fraudulent fire insurance claim to their employers, their insurance carrier and to law enforcement, Plaintiff Rosemary Valladares was demoted, suspended and terminated, and Plaintiff Ramon Delgadillo was demoted and denied an accommodation for his disability.