SOURCE: Scott George

October 06, 2006 14:05 ET

$9.7 Million Poison Pen Judgment Awarded to Chicago Investment Banker

Banker Wins Judgment Over Ex-Wife's Poison Pen Letters

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 6, 2006 -- Today, a Cook County Circuit Court jury awarded $9.7 million in damages to a Chicago Investment Banker, Scott George. The ruling shows that George was the victim of infliction of emotional distress by his ex-wife, Maria George. George's ex-wife mailed over 200 slanderous letters to his business associates, which negatively impacted his earning potential and reputation in the Chicago business community.

Ed Joyce, George's attorney, told jurors that her statements about George were malicious and motivated by personal hatred. Joyce also said she intentionally harassed and lied to his client and others. As a result, she did irreparable harm to him, his children and his career.

Ed Joyce, one of Chicago's leading attorneys, said, "The judgment by the jury clearly and resoundingly vindicates my client."

George described the jury's decision as a long awaited vindication. "I feel very good about the jury's decision. It is unfortunate that we had to go to such extreme lengths to find vindication but the outcome is exactly what we had expected and hoped for. I am thankful that an independent body was able to identify the truth and then had the courage to compensate me for at least some of the damage that has been done."

George expressed relief and said that he, his wife and children look forward to moving on with their lives.

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