An Atlanta jury awarded USI Insurance Services LLC $2.5 million in damages against former aviation and aviation brokers who joined rival Lockton Cos. LLC for breach of their employment contract, although punitive damages were reduced by the court.
A related case against Lockton, which was consolidated with the case against the brokers, was dismissed by the jury on Monday, according to court papers in Jameson Taylor Anderson, Robert Dean Anderson and Roger Erg Maldonado v. USI Insurance Services LLC, which was heard in US District Court.
The three men joined Lockton in December 2019 and are based in Atlanta. Dean Anderson, former USI national flight training director, joined Lockton as senior vice president and flight training director, according to his LinkedIn profile. Taylor Anderson, former vice president, defense and aerospace account manager for USI, joins Lockton as senior vice president, defense and aerospace. Mr. Maldonado left USI as senior vice president – national aerospace practice to join Lockton as senior vice president, aerospace.
In addition to $2.5 million in compensatory damages against the three men, the jury also awarded $2.75 million in punitive damages, consisting of $500,000 against Dean Anderson and $2,250,000 against Taylor Anderson.
Citing a $250,000 cap on punitive damages, the court reduced the awards to $45,000 for Dean Anderson and $205,000 for Mr. Taylor.
Spokesmen for the brokerages declined to comment.