Jury Awards over $40 Million to Call & Jensen Clients in Orange County Business Case
A 12-person jury reached a verdict of over $30 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages in favor Call & Jensen’s client Össur Americas, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Team Makena, LLC. The lawsuit was brought against a former officer of the subsidiary and his competing company.
The former officer was found to be liable for a variety of claims, including breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, interference with contract, and interference with prospective economic advantage. The Plaintiffs obtained the over $40-million verdict in Orange County Superior Court Complex Division after a previous, substantial confidential settlement with another company defendant, a finding of liability in favor of Össur and Team Makena on all their claims and against all the officer’s cross claims, and a three-week jury trial on damages.
Plaintiff Össur appeared at the jury trial by its counsel, Mark L. Eisenhut, Joshua G. Simon, and Scott R. Hatch of Call & Jensen (Team Makena, LLC and Össur Americas, Inc. v. John Lasso, SpartaMed, LLC, et. al Case No. 30-2016-00884951-CU-BT-CJC). Plaintiff Team Makena, LLC appeared by its counsel, Jeffrey W. Shields and Rick A. Varner of Shields Law Offices. Defendants appeared by their counsel, Thomas A. Moore of the Brownstone Law Group and Alden J. Knisbacher of Knisbacher Law Offices.