Petfood maker Sunshine Mills awarded US$61 million in software lawsuit
Company claims Ross Systems sold faulty beta software in 2005, though it remains in use
Sunshine Mills was awarded US$61 million by an Alabama, USA, jury in a lawsuit alleging fraudulent sale and implementation of Ross Systems' enterprise resource planning beta software in 2005.
The lawsuit was filed in 2008 after the beta software demonstrated by Ross was supposed to work out-of-the-box but failed to do so when it went live, according to Daniel McDowell, one of the attorneys representing Sunshine Mills. Of the US$61 million in damages awarded by the jury, US$16 million were compensatory and US$45 million were punitive.
Ross Systems claims that the petfood maker "knowingly purchased a beta version of the software," which is still in use by Sunshine, and plans to appeal the verdict.