A Varnum client received a favorable judgment in Macomb County Circuit Court recently following a jury trial in a dispute over unpaid commissions in a personal transportation company business.
The matter stemmed from the demise of an agreement in which the client agreed to transfer existing accounts to the defendant’s company for an eight percent commission per account. The client was also supposed to receive payments for completing drives for the company and be reimbursed for expenses he incurred as a driver. The defendant failed to pay and ultimately denied any agreement.
The Varnum trial team of Brad Defoe and Jailah Emerson alleged breach of contract, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment.
Varnum filed suit in January 2020, seeking funds from 2010 to the date of the complaint for work performed. The trial lasted three days and following three hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in the client’s favor for unjust enrichment. The jury award in excess of $255,000 was above the case evaluation award, making the defendant responsible for a significant amount of attorney’s fees.