Cellar Advisors LLP v. Sataria Acquisition LLC April 2017
Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, has recognized Chilton Yambert Porter LLP as a winner of one of the Top 100 Verdicts in Illinois for 2016.
The case, Cellar Advisors LLP v. Sataria Acquisition LLC d/b/a Flagship Logistics Group was tried before Judge James B. Zagel in the Northern District Court of Illinois. Jon Yambert and Joe Vallort represented Cellar Advisors, a wine consultant which provided wine collection consulting services.
The dispute began when the insured, Cellar Advisors ("CA") agreed to arrange the relocation of a wine collection owned by a wealthy couple from several locations to one home in Florida. CA contacted Sataria 3 PL ("Sataria") to arrange the shipment of the wine.
CA contends Sataria was told, or should have known, that the wine needed to be transported in a temperature-controlled manner. The wine was not and three truckloads of wine were damaged due to high heat when they were shipped unrefrigerated over the Fourth of July weekend. Plaintiff asked for $538,000.00 in damages.
Sataria contends that it was never told to transport the wine in a refrigerated trailer and also raised affirmative defenses of estoppel and failure to mitigate damages as well as a counterclaim for $9,810.00 in unpaid invoices.
The jury found in favor of CA and awarded the full amount requested.
Counsel for Cellar Advisors LLP were partners Jon Yambert and Joe Vallort.