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Landmark Verdict: $3 Billion Added in Punitive Damages in Jogani Family Feud

Landmark Verdict: $3 Billion Added in Punitive Damages in Jogani Family Feud

In a landmark development, a jury has awarded an additional $3 billion in punitive damages in a long-standing legal battle among five brothers from India, known for their wealth in diamonds and Los Angeles real estate. The verdict, adding to a previous multibillion-dollar award, marks a significant chapter in the 21-year feud between the siblings, highlighting the complexity and intensity of the dispute.

The jury’s decision includes Haresh Jogani being ordered to pay his brother Shashikant $1.5 billion, on top of the $1.8 billion awarded last week. Additionally, Haresh was directed to pay his other brothers, Rajesh and Chetan, a combined $1.5 billion in punitive damages, following an initial award of $759 million. The total sum of the verdict, which also involves the transfer of real estate assets, could reach about $10 billion, making it one of the largest verdicts of the decade.

This legal saga, reminiscent of Dickensian legal battles, stems from a 2003 lawsuit and has endured 18 appeals, generations of lawyers, and five judges in Los Angeles Superior Court. The trial has been compared to the fictional Victorian-era probate case in Charles Dickens’ novel “Bleak House,” with lawyers dubbing Jogani v. Jogani as the modern-day Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.

Despite the verdict, the final chapter of this legal saga is far from written. Haresh Jogani’s lawyer, Rick Richmond, has stated that there are several pending and anticipated trial and post-trial motions that may dramatically alter the outcome. The complexity of the case is further heightened by uncertainties in the real estate market, which could impact the final distribution of assets among the brothers.

The Jogani family, hailing from Gujarat, India, built their fortune in the global diamond trade, expanding their business to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Shashikant “Shashi” Jogani’s move to California in 1969 marked the beginning of the family’s real estate ventures in the region, setting the stage for the legal battle that continues to unfold.

As the legal proceedings progress, the outcome of the case and its implications for the Jogani family and their extensive business empire remain subject to further judicial review and legal maneuvering.

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