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BTNL Partners Barze And Lowther Obtain Defense Verdict In Jury Trial

BTNL partners Bruce Barze and Todd Lowther earned a defense verdict on behalf of our client, Mahindra USA, Inc., after a 4-day jury trial in the Circuit Court of Pickens County, Alabama. The lawsuit arose from the sale and service of a Mahindra 105P tractor sold to Terry Sullivan. The plaintiff sued Mahindra and its dealer (Peach Outdoor) for fraud, suppression, negligence, wantonness, and breach of warranty.

Claims of fraud, suppression, and breach of warranty were submitted to the jury against Mahindra. During closing arguments, Sullivan’s lawyers asked for compensatory and punitive damages of “at least” $3 million. After deliberating for six hours, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mahindra on all counts. Barze and Lowther obtained this result despite the jury’s verdict against Peach Outdoors (represented by separate counsel) of $150,000 in compensatory damages and $1.3 million in punitive damages.

“We are grateful the jury found in favor of Mahindra after examining and weighing the evidence,” said Barze. “The jurors were incredibly attentive and focused throughout the trial. Our client is extremely pleased with this outcome, and it was the result of a total team effort by the client, lawyers, and staff of BTNL.”

About Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC: Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC is a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm with a national practice focused on litigation, insurance coverage issues, and environmental matters. For more information, visit or follow @BTNL_law_firm.

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