$170,000 Jury Verdict in Negligent Misrepresenation Case

On April 24, 2018, attorney Patrick Hamilton obtained a $170,000 jury verdict in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas in a negligent misrepresentation case.  Hamilton Law Firm's client purchased a house in Kansas City, Missouri.  Defendant Kathryn Sylvia was the seller's real estate agent and an employee of defendant Platinum Realty.  The sale was a "cash sale" in which payment was to be wired.  The plaintiff received wiring instructions via email from Sylvia's email account.  Plaintiff forwarded the wiring instructions to his bank, which wired his money in accordance with the instructions.  In actuality, the wiring instructions were prepared by a criminal hacker which caused plaintiff's funds to be misdirected to Citi Bank in New York City.  When the loss was discovered, plaintiff sued Sylvia and Platinum for negligent misrepresentation.  The defendants claimed they did not email the wiring instructions to plaintiff and that plaintiff was comparatively negligent by not reviewing the wiring instructions before sending them to his bank.  After a two day jury trial, the jury assigned defendants 85% of the fault and attributed 15% of the fault to plaintiff.  Total damages were $196,622.67 with a net recovery to plaintiff of $167,129.27.  Bain v. Platinum Realty LLC et al., Case No. 16-CV-02326-JWL.