Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning is soon going to be $589,040 richer after a Miami-Dade County circuit court judge sided with him in his lawsuit against local vending machine giant Gilly.
In a judgment issued from the bench, Judge Antonio Arzola last week found Gilly stiffed Zo after it broke a five-year contract it had with the basketball legend.
Gilly was to use life-sized photos of Mourning on vending machines that were to be dropped throughout the city to dispense healthy and organic foods.
According to the lawsuit, Gilly was to pay the 47-year-old Zo $110,000 for the first year, 2015, with raises yearly to end with $161,040 for the fifth in 2019, a total of $671,740.
Gilly paid the first three installments for a total of $82,000 then stopped.
So, Zo sued for the remaining balance.
Gilly lawyer Barry Silverstein didn’t return a call and email for comment. Zo’s lawyer, Scott Jay Feder, declined comment.
In his judgment, Arzola roasted Gilly over the legal coal for tactics that included an “inappropriate attempt to delay” the proceedings.
In its defense, Gilly claimed Mourning is the one who refused to fulfill his contractual obligations, including the search for suitable locations for the vending machines, two promotional appearances, his hosting of at least one healthy snack event, two meet-and-greet events and autographing up to 50 items for owners of locations for the machines.
Arzola, however, decided the company failed to comply with the termination clause in the contract.
Disclosure: Gilly manages the vending machines at the Miami Herald’s headquarters.
Mourning played for the Heat from 1995 to 2002, then again from 2004 to 2008.