Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Frohsin & Barger Million+ Verdict in Fraud Punitive Damages Jury Trial

In Manning v. Braden Furniture Co. Inc., CV-10-2120, on Appeal from the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, the Alabama Supreme Court recently upheld a jury verdict in favor of a Frohsin & Barger client and an award of $1,031,856, including approximately $731,856 in compensatory damages and interest and $300,000 in punative damages in a fraud trial in Jefferson County, Alabama.

The firm represented one of Jefferson County Alabama’s oldest family-owned merchant businesses, and trial testimony and court documents revealed that a trusted employee embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars by forging checks from the company accounts and concealed the fraud through the creation of false invoices. The trial testimony further demonstrated that the forged checks were presented to bank employees, who admitted under oath in court documents to accepting the forged checks without a named payee or endorsement against bank policy.