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Federal Court Trial Win on Multimillion Dollar Grain Bin Case

10/19/2015

Heyl Royster recently defended a case in the U.S. District Court in Urbana, IL related to the sale of eight grain bins and other equipment by GSI Group, LLC to a Mexican grain company, Graneros Unidos S.A. de C.V. The grain bins were destroyed during Hurricane Lane in September of 2006. The contract for the sale of the grain bins had a wind rating of 120 mph. The plaintiff claimed the bins were destroyed by winds below the wind rating, that the bins were negligently designed, and that fraudulent misrepresentations and concealments were made during the transaction. The claimed damages included $2.4 million in damaged property, $2.5 million in lost grain, and lost profits of $5 million – for total claimed compensatory damages of nearly $10 million. There were also claims for punitive damages and attorneys' fees under the Consumer Fraud Act claim. The trial was bifurcated and the jury returned verdict in favor of GSI on the breach of contract and negligence claims. The judge subsequently ruled in favor of defendant GSI on the Consumer Fraud Act and punitive damages claims.

The case was tried by attorneys John Flodstrom and Dan Wurl with the support of Renee Monfort, Jim Kearns, Ed Wagner, Cheri Stuart and Joe Guyette, and John's assistant, Nancy Kidd.