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Casual Male Wins $1.5M in Lawsuit

Casual Male Retail Group won a $1.5 million jury award in its lawsuit against Robert Yarbrough and Westport Big & Tall.

NEW YORK — Casual Male Retail Group won a $1.5 million jury award in its lawsuit against Robert Yarbrough and Westport Big & Tall.

According to a statement from Casual Male, the jury found that Yarbrough violated his non-compete obligation and misappropriated its trade secrets. Additionally, the jury said that Westport had interfered with contractual relations. Of the financial award, $1.1 million is to come from Westport and $400,000 from Yarbrough.

As reported, Casual Male filed a lawsuit following the launch of Westport’s men’s apparel catalog and Web site in August 2005. Casual Male alleged breach of contract and misappropriation of confidential business information. They also alleged that they lost millions of dollars in business.

The lawsuit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court in New York in August 2005 and removed to Boston in October 2005. Westport filed a counterclaim alleging that Casual Male’s actions were anticompetitive efforts.

A separate case filed by Casual Male against Yarbrough and Cutter & Buck, another competitor, is still pending in Massachusetts federal court.

Thomas Altieri, president of Westport, could not be reached for comment by presstime.