Trealoff vs Forest River Inc. An employee was awarded $17.5 million after his boss stole his notebook hard drive and erased it.
Dallen Trealoff, an experienced RV salesman, was hired in 1995 as a sales manager by a start-up company called Forest River Inc, an Indiana based company.
The company did not provide a computer so Trealoff used his personal laptop.
Before Trealoff was fired, the company president, Peter Liegl, took Trealoff's laptop, removed the hard drive and deleted thousands of files.
Trealoff sued and won on almost all counts. The jury awarded him $17.5M in costs, damages and punitive damages.