Sunshine Mills, Inc. v. Ross Systems, Inc.
On Friday, December 3, 2010, a Franklin County, Alabama jury returned a verdict of $61,381,343 against Ross Systems, Inc., a computer software company and subsidiary of CDC Software. The verdict in favor of Red Bay, Alabama dog food manufacturer Sunshine Mills was the largest verdict in Alabama in 2010. Sunshine Mills was represented in the lawsuit by Lightfoot attorneys, Jere White, Chris King and Stephen Rowe and Danny McDowell with McDowell, Beason & Hamilton, P.C. in Russellville, Alabama. The fraud lawsuit, which was filed in 2008, was related to Sunshine Mills’ purchase of manufacturing software from Ross Systems in 2005. Specifically, Sunshine Mills alleged that Ross Systems misrepresented the capabilities of its software during the sales process and that Ross Systems performed a sales demonstration that made it appear the software had capabilities the Ross software did not actually have. After a three week trial and two days of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict of $16,381,343 in compensatory damages and $45,000,000 in punitive damages.