Area law firm announces trial victory in union case

Two months ago, an Oakland County jury returned a verdict awarding Security Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) more than $500,000 in damages, including nearly $400,000 in attorney’s fees, concluding more than two years of litigation by SPFPA against a disgruntled former employee. 

Farmington Hills-based Young, Garcia & Quadrozzi represented SPFPA, an international union of some 27,000 private police, security and fire professionals. 

The case involved numerous breaches of a prior settlement agreement between SPFPA and its former member Steven Maritas, primarily related to repeated use of SPFPA’s trademarked name and acronym in internet posts. 

Prior to trial, the firm obtained a ruling from Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson that the agreement was valid and had been breached. 

As a result, the jury’s role was to determine SPFPA’s damages and attorney’s fees. 

“We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict and the outcome of the case,” said David Garcia, a shareholder in the firm and lead trial counsel in the case. “SPFPA retained the firm to aggressively prosecute this case, after two prior lawsuits against Maritas that resulted in settlement agreements that Maritas habitually disregarded.


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