October 10, 2012

L.A. jury awards punitive damages against former Lakers coach Rudy T.

PacificPalisadesPatch reports that a Los Angeles jury has ordered former Lakers coach (and longtime Houston Rockets coach) Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife to pay $250,000 in punitive damages and $2.7 million in compensatory damages to the buyer of their Pacific Palisades home.  The plaintiff, Strata Capital founder Steven Bardack, accused Tomjanovich of acting with malice when he sold the house without disclosing water intrusion and mold problems. 

The house was previously owned by Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, who was recently hit with a punitive damages award himself.  The PacificPalisadesPatch reports that a further stage of trial is set to begin against Francis and other defendants.