10/13/09

$3,100,000 Award Against Target Corp is Still Being Appealed



Target lost a big one when their LP screwed up. They were sued and lost, couldn't get it reduced and now they are appealing the award.
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The jury found that Target distributed information that wrongly accused Rita Cantrell, a Loss Prevention agent at Belk’s department store in Greenville, of trying to pass a counterfeit bill while shopping. The suit alleged that a Target loss-prevention employee was responsible for an email distributed to dozens of other businesses and law enforcement agencies that warned them to be on the lookout for her after she tried to buy items from Target with a legitimate $100 bill, according to a complaint filed in Greenville federal court.

Secret Service Agents reviewed the bill -- which was an older, 1974 series $100 bill -- and determined she had done nothing wrong, according to the complaint. Their next Federal Appeals Court date is 10/10/09.

Target's general tactic in all their suits is to drag things out for years, we saw this in the Therrien v. Target Corporation, Oklahoma City suit that is also still on appeal and this was for just a $500,000 award.

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Target seeks a reduction in
damages awarded
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20090225/NEWS01/90225012
By Eric Connor • STAFF WRITER • February 25, 2009

Target Corp. was in court this morning seeking a reduction in the $3.1 million a jury awarded a Greer woman after the superstore wrongly accused her of trying to pass a counterfeit bill.

Former federal appellate chief judge Billy Wilkins argued on behalf of the woman, Rita Cantrell, arguing that Target is a $15 billion company whose loss in damages equals a mere $5.30 when compared to her salary.


Target's lawyer, Knox Haynsworth, said that the jury overreached its authority when it awarded Cantrell $3 million damages.

In October, a federal jury in Greenville ordered Target to pay the damages after the jury found that the company distributed information that wrongly accused her of trying to pass a counterfeit bill while shopping.

In 2006, Cantrell brought a civil defamation lawsuit against Target alleging libel and negligence.

The suit alleged that a Target loss-prevention employee was responsible for an email distributed to dozens of other businesses and law enforcement agencies that warned them to be on the lookout for her after she tried to buy items from two Target stores with a legitimate $100 bill, according to a complaint filed in Greenville federal court.



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