QC court junks GMA-7's case against former employee Luchi Cruz-Valdes

ABS-CBN Head of News Production and CurrentAffairs LuchiCruz-Valdes wins in her case against GMA-7's injunction and breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against her way back in 2002.

The QuezonCity Regional Trial Court has junked the breach-of-contract suit by GMA NetworkInc. against Ms. Luchi Cruz-Valdes, ABS-CBN Head of News Production and CurrentAffairs.

The issuebetween Ms. Valdes and GMA-7 escalated after her resignation from the KapusoNetwork led to an injunction case filed against her and ABS-CBN, and a breach-of-contract case. The case filed by GMA-7 prevented her from working in ABS-CBNfor about eight months, from December 28, 2001 to August 20, 2002.

Thecourt also dismissed the Tortious Interference complaint by the Kapuso Networkagainst ABS-CBN. A "Tortious Interference" occurs when a persondisrupts something that belongs to someone elseā€”for example, interfering with acontractual relationship so that one party fails to deliver on time.

In her decision, Judge Marilyn Villordon said Ms. Valdes's resignation from GMA-7was in accordance with the law and that GMA-7 clearly accepted it. JudgeVillordon likewise ruled that ABS-CBN did not induce Ms. Valdes to violate hercontract with GMA-7.

The court has ordered GMA-7 to pay Ms. Valdes damages equivalent to the salaryshe should have earned when she was prevented from working at ABS-CBN.

At press time, PEP is still waiting for the side of GMA-7 regarding this case, which has been going on for almost seven years.



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