On September 18, 2009, a jury issued a verdict in the amount of $1.8 million in favor of our client on her claim that her former employer invaded her privacy by using pretexting, or false pretenses, to obtain her private phone records to investigate her activities. The verdict included $65,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages. On March 24, 2011, the appellate court affirmed the juryís verdict and reinstated the punitive damages award, which the trial court had reduced in a post-trial ruling. The appellate court also reversed the trial courtís finding that the client had breached any fiduciary duty and vacated the trial courtís award of $78,781 in compensatory damages and $551,467 in punitive damages to the employer, holding that that award was against the manifest weight of the evidence.
Svigos Asset Management, Inc. v. Begum.
On January 20, 2009, the court entered judgment in favor of our landlord client on a breach of a commercial lease claim after a bench trial.
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