This was just about the ugliest case I can think of from an AG. Well other than suing the Big East and cereal boxes. Here’s the background first … and a Hat Tip to Rick. I actually read Facebook this morning. Heh!
First let me say this is exactly what an AG should be doing, legal counsel for the state and its agencies, not suing cereal boxes and phone companies. That however does not make this suit right, or does it?
From the Hartford Courant … a company called Computers Plus had sold the state 44 computers that the state says did not work. Since the company had already sold the state thousands of computers the state did an audit and claimed the computers were also missing a second network card. Blumy, of course, was outraged. He claimed that CP ripped off tax payers and filed suit, and later the Staties arrested Gina Malapanis, the woman who owned CP. Those charges were dropped and she filed a counter suit saying she, and her company had been damaged big time. She won and a Waterbury jury awarded her $18 large, Until this week that is.
A Superior Court judge Friday slashed an $18 million verdict against the state to $1.83 million, saying that the jury had made a mistake in awarding the money to an East Hartford computer company that supplied equipment to the state.
The initial verdict in January had shocked Attorney General Richard Blumenthal‘s office and legal experts and brought criticism to Blumenthal for trying the case against Gina Malapanis, the former owner of Computers Plus Center Inc. The jury in Waterburyruled that the state, in particular the Department of Information Technology, had deliberately destroyed her business.
But Judge Barry Stevens ruled late Friday that the verdict was too high, calling it a “shocking injustice.”
A shocking injustice? I don’t know the details because I have not read the court documents, and my guess is most people have not. But a jury sure thought the state was over the top and while the Judge said he did not want to be the 7th juror, he was.
Blumenthal says he will keep appealing until he gets the verdict reduced to nothing, but even this Judge rejected that argument. All he is doing is denying this woman justice, which is how this system works which is why no more lawyers in Congress.
Am I wrong? … and thanks Rick for the heads up.