Orange County Business Grand Industries Wins $1.3 Million Verdict (Grand Industries v. Sybron Implant Solutions, Orange County Superior Court Case No: 30-2009-00292861)

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Grand Industries (Grand), an Orange County based dental products provider, won a $1.3 million punitive damage jury verdict against Sybron Implant Solutions Corporation (Sybron). The jury found Sybron intentionally interfered with Grand’s exclusive contract rights to distribute human biologics (Grand Industries v. Sybron Implant Solutions, Orange County Superior Court Case No: 30-2009-00292861).

Orange County California (June 15, 2011). Grand Industries (Grand), an Orange County based dental products provider, won a $1.3 million punitive damage jury verdict against Sybron Implant Solutions Corporation (Sybron). The jury found Sybron intentionally interfered with Grand’s exclusive contract rights to distribute human biologics (Grand Industries v. Sybron Implant Solutions, Orange County Superior Court Case No: 30-2009-00292861).

Grand is stating the win is for all small businesses who are victims of a larger competitor’s unfair business practice.

The decision of the Orange County Jury was unanimous on the claim of intentional interference with contract. In a separate phase of the trial the jury found malice and fraud justifying punitive damages.

Grand alleged the interference occurred when Sybron was negotiating with Grand involving distribution of a product used for bone regeneration in the dental industry. Grand’s complaint alleged that Sybron, using information obtained during negotiations, contacted Grand’s source, and tried to get Grand’s exclusive rights to the product. This act of interference, Grand alleged, disrupted his relationship and caused damages.

At trial, Grand called an independent witness who was the person contacted by Sybron. Sybron denied the intent of the call was to interfere with Grand’s exclusive rights.

Douglas Pettibone of Pettibone & Associates (Orange County) who tried the case on behalf of Grand said, “We are grateful for the jury’s verdict. The verdict awarded today was for the sole purpose of sending a message to businesses engaged in these practices.”

Sybron’s post-trial motions to set aside the verdict are pending.

Grand Industries said if the award is upheld it will donate 100% of their proceeds to a non-profit organization for mothers in economic need stating the case was never about money but accountability for unfair business practices.

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