On July 22, 2011, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio awarded to Marble Dimensions Worldwide damages in the amount of $1.75 million, including $250,000 in punitive damages (Case No. 3:09-cv-458). Marble Dimensions had sued a former customer, Home Casual, accusing it of interfering with a business relationship Marble Dimensions had with another manufacturer located in China.
After almost three weeks of trial, including 80 hours of testimony, the federal court jury found that, even though Marble Dimensions had no written contract with the Chinese manufacturer, it had established a “business relationship” with it – enough so that the interference by Home Casual was considered not only unlawful, but malicious. In addition to the award of damages, the jury ordered Home Casual to pay Marble Dimensions’ attorneys fees.
Marble Dimensions was represented by SS+D attorneys Toby Henderson (lead trial counsel) and Dianne Marx.
According to Mr. Henderson, “the verdict is a strong message that citizens of Southwest Ohio expect businesses and their executives to act with integrity. When they do not, companies like Home Casual will be held responsible. This is a well-deserved result for Marble Dimensions and it is always a privilege to represent any client, large or small, who refuses to back down when it has been treated unlawfully.”
ABOUT MARBLE DIMENSIONS
Marble Dimensions is a Dayton, family-owned company that has been in business for almost 30 years. Marble Dimensions is one of the largest designers and suppliers of natural stone, hammered metal, and artificial products to the U.S. outdoor furniture industry.