Jury Deliberates Less Than 1 Hour Before Returning Verdict of $60,000 in a Breach of Contract Case Involving the Sale of a Defective Woodworking Machine

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Jury Deliberates Less Than 1 Hour Before Returning Verdict of $60,000 in a Breach of Contract Case Involving the Sale of a Defective Woodworking Machine- Plaintiff's Counsel: The Law Office of Douglas J. Pettibone

Following a five day jury trial an Orange County Jury reached is final decision in less than 1 hour (Greyshawn v. Besse Orange County Superior Court Case No: 11 CC02766). Law Office of Douglas J. Pettibone represented Plaintiff.

According to court documents, Plaintiff Greyshawn Inc. agreed to purchase two industrial sized woodworking routers from defendant Besse Group. The first machine was delivered to Greyshawn and Greyshawn took possession of it. The second machine was not delivered because the parties had agreed that Besse would not deliver the second machine until after the first was installed and operational. Besse’s technicians attempted to install the software required to operate the first machine in the manner Greyshawn desired. Besse removed the first machine from Greyshawn’s business. Greyshawn was acquired a different machine to use in is business. No money was ever paid by Greyshawn to Besse for either machine. Besse’s technicians and technicians from the software company were never able to get the first machine to function in a manner acceptable to Greyshawn. The first machine never produced sufficient product to keep up with the demands of Greyshawn’s business. The delivery of the second machine was cancelled. Plaintiff lost $60,000 worth of business profits. After repeated demands for compensation Greyshawn sued for $60,000 and its costs of suit according to court documents Judgment on Special Verdict filed 8/26/02.

Besse claimed Greyshawn set its own standards for the operation of the machine which were above and beyond that of the manufacturers specifications and although Besse strives for customer satisfaction they did everything in their power to satisfy Greyshawn.

The jury trial took 4 ½ days. After receiving the case, the jury deliberated less than 1 hour before returning a verdict in the amount of $60,000 in favor of Greyshawn according to court documents.

According to Thomas L Burnell author of “Factors Affecting the Length Jury Delbiberations” there are no rules on how long a jury must deliberate before returning a verdict. Some of the factors include complexity of the case, the amount of damages, and prior jury service. Usually, a verdict being returned in less than an hour indicates the jury had made up their minds sometime before deliberations began.

Douglas J. Pettibone of The Law Office of Douglas J. Pettibone says, "The credit of the victory clearly goes to the client who's active participation in the trial by explaining to the jury how the machine was defective and his credible testimony on the witness stand, in contrast to the fact that Besse had no representative present at the trial, was probably one of the overriding factors in the jury's decision."

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