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Townsend-Taylor v. Ameritech Servs., Inc., 07-2166

In an action brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by a husband and wife for allegedly being fired in retaliation for attempting to exercise their rights under the Act, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed where: 1) the company's failure to disclose the use of individualized "Certification of Health Care Provider" did not interfere with plaintiff's FMLA rights; 2) the failure to give the employee a new deadline to establish extenuating circumstances for failing to meet the filing deadline does not interfere with his rights; and 3) requiring that the certification be faxed or mailed by the doctor does not constitute interference.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 01/14/2008
  • Decided 04/29/2008
  • Published 04/29/2008


  • POSNER, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, KANNE, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Robert M. Mihelich (argued), New Berlin, WI, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Laura A. Lindner (argued), Lindner & Marsack, Milwaukee, WI, for Defendant-Appellee.
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