Former legislator ordered to pay $4.3M in defamation case

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Posted: Feb 23, 2017 12:43 PM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma jury has ordered a former state legislator to pay $4.3 million to an insurance company in a defamation case.

The defamation charge arose because Wayne Pettigrew, who was a director at First Trinity Financial Corp. until he left the company in 2013, issued a news release after his departure calling for an investigation into the company and its CEO related to stock purchases.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2lzng8m ) reports that a jury found Pettigrew breached his fiduciary duties to First Trinity and defamed the company and CEO Gregg Zahn.

First Trinity was awarded $800,000, and Zahn was awarded $3.5 million. The jury says Pettigrew intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon Zahn.

Pettigrew says his attorneys are preparing an appeal.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com