Tort Law

Judge Denies New Trial to Law Firm re $7.3M Emotional Distress Verdict Won by Former Client


A judge in Maine has upheld a jury’s verdict of $7.3 million for emotional distress to a former client who said the Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson law firm worked against his interests in a battle with his brother for control of a furniture company.

Superior Court Justice Thomas Humphrey dismissed the law firm’s motion for a new trial in the Cumberland County case, reports the Associated Press.

The article doesn’t include any comment from Bernstein Shur. However, the law firm said after the verdict was announced last year that it intended to appeal, contending that the evidence doesn’t support the verdict and that it isn’t responsible for the emotional distress allegedly caused to Peter Redman by the situation at the now-shuttered Northern Mattress and Furniture Co. Redman says that he was kept from entering the family business’ headquarters because of a sexual harassment claim that he alleged was orchestrated by his brother so the brother could take control of the business, and that Bernstein Shur didn’t defend him against these accusations.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Ex-Client Wins $7.3M Emotional Distress Award Against Law Firm”

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