Ted Nugent Wins $100,000 Verdict
After deliberating for fifteen minutes (following a five-day trial), a Muskegon, Michigan, jury yesterday (March 31, 2005), awarded rock star Ted Nugent $100,000 in damages against the music festival Muskegon Summer Celebration. The breach of contract case was filed by Nugent to vindicate his reputation, which he claimed was harmed by the defendant's unjustified cancellation of his June 2003 engagement at the festival.
During the trial, Nugent's attorneys learned that the Judge, Hon. Timothy G. Hicks, was a former law partner to Muskegon attorney Christopher Kelly, who is currently a Board Member of Muskegon Summer Celebration. Judge Hicks never disclosed the relationship to Nugent's counsel.
Nugent's attorneys argued that the former partnership between Hicks and Kelly gave "the appearance of impropriety," but were rebuffed by Judge Hicks when they sought his disqualification. Ultimately, Judge Hicks limited the amount the jury was permitted to award Nugent and they awarded him the maximum permitted by the Judge.
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