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$5.15 Million Verdict for Farm Equipment Dealer Upheld

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September 25, 2014

The June 2013 jury verdict received by a Foster Swift trial team granting $5.15 million in favor of McCormick International, LLC, a former Ionia County farm equipment dealer, was upheld on September 22, 2014 following an extensive 15 months of post-judgment motions. Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger denied Manitou North America Inc.'s Motion for New Trial, Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict, and Motion for Remittitur.

The trial involved McCormick's claims against Manitou under the Michigan Farm and Utility Equipment Act, MCL 445.1451, and the Michigan Antitrust Reform Act, MCL 445.771. Including interests, costs and attorney fees awarded in favor of McCormick following trial, the total Judgment amount is now over $6 million.

The trial team was led by attorney John Inhulsen, including Andrew Vredenburg and Joshua Richardson.