Morgan & Morgan Business Trial Group Wins $784K Jury Verdict in Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Safeguard America

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The Business Trial Group helped a Florida small business owner win a breach of contract lawsuit against home security company Safeguard America.

William B. Lewis

“We sincerely appreciate the jury’s service and careful consideration of the evidence; their decision brings our clients justice and closure after years of struggle.”

On Friday, May 13th 2016, the Business Trial Group helped a local alarms system dealer recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses in a breach of contract lawsuit against Safeguard America.

The plaintiff, Florida resident Nathan P. Dixon, owned and operated GPN, Inc. and Safe American Security, Inc., small businesses that, according to court documents, had a contractual relationship with national home security company Safeguard America.

Business Trial Group complex litigation attorneys Ben Webster, William Lewis and Keith Mitnik represented Mr. Dixon in the lawsuit, and helped him win a $784,898.15 jury verdict after a complex three-year case and a five-day trial. Court documents indicate that SSI had chosen to file counterclaims in response to the original complaint.

The lawsuit concerned breach of contract allegations between Safeguard America, also known as Security Systems, Inc. (SSI), and Mr. Dixon’s companies. The plaintiffs alleged in court documents that SSI withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in Holdback Funds and significantly overcharged them for equipment.

Holdback Funds are fees collected in the event that customer accounts default within 12 months of the original purchase date.

Court documents contained allegations that SSI had collected 10% per customer account as Holdback Funds, and then failed to return that amount to GPN and Safe American Security, even though the accounts in question had allegedly not defaulted within the specified period.

SSI also purchased 68 “House Accounts” from Mr. Dixon, and, according to court documents, failed to pay the associated $67,740.68 charge for these customer accounts.

Court documents also show that SSI CEO David G. Roman had to address claims that his company breached contract terms regarding returned alarm equipment.

In response to the verdict, attorney William Lewis stated, “We sincerely appreciate the jury’s service and careful consideration of the evidence; their decision brings our clients justice and closure after years of struggle.”

The Business Trial Group is a contingency-fee complex litigation practice under the umbrella of national law firm Morgan & Morgan. The attorneys at the Business Trial Group specialize in commercial litigation, including breach of contract disputes.

Case information:
CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA
NATHAN P. DIXON, GPN. INC., and SAFE AMERICAN SECURITY, INC.; Plaintiffs VS. DAVID G. ROMAN and SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC., d/b/a SAFEGUARD AMERICA; Defendants
CASE NO: 2014-CA-002684-O
Complex Business Litigation Court

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