Since filing a lawsuit in 2006, Miami real estate broker Dora Puig has insisted that mega-developer Don Peebles ripped her off on commissions for sales she made at the Bath Club, a luxury condo in Miami Beach.
On Monday a Miami-Dade jury said it agreed with Puig, awarding her $423,120 in damages. The case had been before several different judges as proceedings dragged on.
“The verdict is vindication that an underdog can win against a very powerful and wealthy foe, his lawyers and the never-ending legal tactics and claimed loopholes all to avoid paying Ms. Puig what she is admittedly due,” said Michael Schlesinger, Puig’s attorney, in a statement. “It took almost ten years but the jury has told Mr. Peebles that you have to pay for your fraud.”
Peebles is a major national developer. In addition to his work in Miami, he has also developed projects in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.
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When reached by telephone, Michael Higer, an attorney for Peebles, declined to say whether his client would appeal. In an emailed statement, Higer simply said that “although we are of course disappointed by the result, we have great faith in our justice system and that we will ultimately prevail.”