Wis. court upholds $203M verdict for SC Johnson

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 11:41 AM

An appeals court has upheld a $203.8 million verdict for consumer products giant S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. to compensate for losses suffered in a trucking kickback scheme.

The Racine-based maker of products like Ziploc and Glade sued its former transportation director and a dozen other people and companies after uncovering a scheme to inflate rates and pocket the excess.

The company was awarded the $101.9 million in losses it claimed to suffer after a trial last year, and that amount was doubled under a state law meant to punish organized crime.

Two of the defendants, trucking company owners Thomas Buske and Tom Russell, filed an appeal claiming the verdict was flawed in several respects.

The District 2 Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected their claims.