February 15, 2013

Pete Marketos and Leslie Chaggaris win unanimous fraud verdict against Mercedes-Benz

On Friday, February 15, Reese Marketos partner Pete Marketos and attorney Leslie Chaggaris won a major fraud verdict against Mercedes-Benz after a two-week jury trial in Cameron County, Texas. Click here to view the full press release. Click here to view the full article from The Dallas Morning News.

A unanimous jury found for Reese Marketos client Cardenas Metroplex—a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Harlingen, Texas owned by Renato Cardenas, Sr.—on all counts, awarding actual damages for fraud and misrepresentation and further finding, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Mercedes-Benz had caused Cardenas to execute a document through deception—a felony crime under the Texas Penal Code. The trial court further instructed the jury that Mercedes-Benz had destroyed, lost, or failed to produce material evidence in the case. The jury awarded punitive damages against Mercedes-Benz, its Chicago-based Regional Franchise Manager, and each of two Mercedes-Benz field representatives.