NEW YORK -- A state court judge in Alabama has reduced by $6.2 million a jury award given to a former Duck Head Apparel sales representative and two associates in a case involving breach of contract.

In their case against Duck Head's parent, Delta Woodside Industries Inc., a jury last year awarded Ken Hoots and his two associates $19.5 million in punitive damages, $7 million for mental anguish, and $2.5 million for breach of contract for a total of $29.1 million.

The trial judge reviewed the verdict and last week reduced the purse to $22.9 million.

In a release, Delta Woodside said it considers even the reduced award "unjust and totally unsupported by the facts." It said it intends to appeal the decision to the Alabama Supreme Court.

The company noted that it will be reducing its litigation reserve by $6.2 million and adding that amount to its pretax income in its third quarter ended April 2.

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