Leonard Automatics v. Sussman, ST-C-88-100 (1990)
This case was tried by attorney Dave Bland in United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in the Statesville Division. The suit was a Lanham Act false claim and product defamation case, which took three weeks to try. The case involved a situation where an established competitor attempted to crush a new competitor in its marketplace by publishing a false “technical bulletin” about the Plaintiffs product to all of its potential customers in the industry. The length of the trial was a record for the Statesville Division and the verdict was the largest ever rendered by a jury in the Statesville Division. The jury awarded the firm’s client over $500,000.00 in actual and punitive damages.