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For the jurors, there was no question that TIG was harmed, Gonzalez said. "When they went into deliberations, it was easy for them to decide," he said. "Most decisions were 12-to-0 for TIG. Just a few were 11-to-1. No one inside the jury was putting up a fight for FusionStorm."
While former TIG personnel were working for FusionStorm while on the TIG payroll, none of them were paid by FusionStorm prior to making the final jump to FusionStorm, Gonzalez said. "What the jury found offensive was, we were paying (those employees while they were working for FusionStorm)," he said.
In the end, Gonzalez said, TIG was able to make it clear to the jury that it was important to send a message to the industry.
"The punitive damages were very important," he said. "The jury voted 12-to-0. It's really, really unusual to return a 12-to-0 verdict on every single defendant. The jury usually finds one or two people to blame, and then often splits over the results."
For Geier, the end of the trial means a chance to get back to a normal schedule. He spent six weeks in San Francisco attending the trial as his company's primary representative. "It became personal," he said. "I became a platinum-level member of Westin Hotel, and got in a lot of Southwest miles."