Central Freight Lines is in line to receive at least $1.85 million after a jury in Rockwall County, Texas, found that the carrier’s contract with Trendsetter to provide insurance-related services was violated by the provider.
Central Freight, based in Waco, Texas, also asked the court to order interest payments in addition to the $1.85 million jury award.
Trendsetter and owner D.W. Bobst were contracted to provide workers’ compensation insurance and claims administration, the statement from Central Freight said.
The contract, first signed in 2008, was later amended to add services. Trendsetter, based in Rockwall, filed the initial suit in 2013. It did not return a call seeking comment.
“It’s rare to receive a verdict of this magnitude in a counterclaim, but Trendsetter’s failures and wrongs were particularly egregious,” said attorney William Chamblee of Dallas’ Chamblee Ryan Kershaw & Anderson, which represented Central Freight. “Trendsetter, its affiliates and its owner made numerous misstatements to my client in an effort to hide the facts and justify their wrongdoing.”