24 Sep Businessman settles for $125K after beating by sales rep – NC LAWYERS WEEKLY
By Matt Chaney
A Raleigh-area businessman has agreed to settle a claim that an equipment manufacturer put him at risk by hiring a salesperson who he said brutally beat him for refusing to sign a sales agreement. He also claimed business damages after he said the alleged assaulter called clients and convinced one to stop doing business with his company.
Brian Baker, who started a business extracting liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes, will receive a $125,000 settlement from Waters Technologies Corporation and its former employee Jerry Roach, who he said committed the assault during a sales meeting at his house.
The alleged assault resulted in Baker suffering at least 10 head wounds and a concussion and required nearly $30,000 worth of dental work, according to Baker’s complaint.
Baker’s attorney, James White of Parry Tyndall White in Chapel Hill, said Roach was charged with DUI and assault, and a trial resulted in a hung jury. White said he believes it was the strange combination of torts that led to the successful settlement.
“If you look at the assault, it creates this visceral thing,” White said. “If you’re going to go in front of a jury and show them the pictures and describe the assault and talk about the follow up phone calls and loss of business, I think it was understandable that we were able to get the settlement that we did.”