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Strikepoint Trading, LLC, A California Limited Liability Company; and v. Aimee Elizabeth Sabolyk

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN DIVISION


August 29, 2011

STRIKEPOINT TRADING, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY; AND OPTIONEER, LLC, A NEVADA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY; PLAINTIFFS,
v.
AIMEE ELIZABETH SABOLYK, AN INDIVIDUAL DBA INNOVATIVE OPTION STRATEGIES, AND GLOBAL ASSET ADVISORS, LLC AN ILLINOIS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, AND JOHN MATTHEW MONDRAGON, AN INDIVIDUAL, DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. David O. Carter

JUDGMENT ON SPECIAL VERDICT AFTER JURY TRIAL

The above-captioned action came on regularly for trial between March 10 and March 13, 2009, before a jury, the Honorable David O. Carter presiding. Plaintiff StrikePoint Trading, LLC ("Plaintiff") appeared by and through its counsel of record, Lawrence J. Hilton, William E. Halle and Jennifer Sun of O'Neil LLP, formerly Hewitt & O'Neil LLP. Defendants Aimee Elizabeth Sabolyk ("Sabolyk") and Global Asset Advisors, LLC ("GAA") appeared through their counsel of record, Jeffrey A. Sklar of the Law Office of Jeffrey A. Sklar. Defendant John Matthew Mondragon ("Mondragon") appeared through his counsel of record, Timothy B. McCaffrey, Jr. of The Law Offices of Timothy B. McCaffrey, Jr.

A jury was regularly impaneled and sworn. Witnesses were called, sworn and testified. After hearing the evidence and argument of counsel, the jury was duly instructed by the Court and the cause was submitted to the jury with directions to return a verdict on special issues. The jury deliberated and thereafter returned into court with its verdict as follows:

I. On Plaintiff's cause of action for breach of contract against Sabolyk and Mondragon:

1. Is StrikePoint Trading, LLC's client list a trade secret? __X__ Yes _____ No If your answer to question 1 is YES, then answer question 2. If you answered NO, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

2. Were the contracts that Aimee Sabolyk and John Mondragon entered into with StrikePoint Trading, LLC necessary to protect that trade secret? __X__ Yes _____ No

If your answer to question 2 is YES, then answer question 3. If you answered NO, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

3. Did StrikePoint do all, or substantially all, of the significant things that the contract required it to do? __X__ Yes _____ No

If your answer to question 3 is YES, then answer question 4. If you answered NO, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

4. Did Aimee Sabolyk or John Mondragon breach the contract by directly or indirectly soliciting StrikePoint Trading LLC's trade secret clients? Aimee Sabolyk __X__ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes __X__ No

If your answer to question 4 is NO for both defendants, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

If you answered NO for one defendant, but YES for the other, then proceed to question 5 only as to that defendant for which you answered YES.

If you answered YES for both defendants, then answer question 5 as to both defendants.

5. Was StrikePoint Trading, LLC harmed by that breach? Aimee Sabolyk __X__ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No

If your answer to question 5 is NO for both defendants, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

If you answered NO for one defendant, but YES for the other, then proceed to question 6 only as to that defendant for which you answered YES.

If you answered YES for both defendants, then answer question 6 as to both defendants.

5. What are StrikePoint Trading, LLC's damages? Aimee Sabolyk

a. Lost profits:

$93,000.00

b. Lost future profits:

$9,300.00 TOTAL $102,300.00 John Mondragon

a. Lost profits:

$0

b. Lost future profits:

$0

TOTAL $0

Dated: March 16, 2009 Redacted signature on file with the Court Presiding Juror

II. On Plaintiff's cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets against Sabolyk, Mondragon and GAA:

1. Does StrikePoint Trading, LLC own the client list? __X__ Yes _____ No

If you answered YES to question 1, then answer question 2. If you answered NO, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

2. Do you find that StrikePoint Trading, LLC's client list was a trade secret at the time of the misappropriation? __X__ Yes _____ No

If you answered YES to question 2, then answer question 3. If you answered NO, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

3. Do you find that Aimee Sabolyk or John Mondragon solicited any of the clients on the client list?

Aimee Sabolyk __X__ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes __X__ No

If you answered YES for both defendants, then answer questions 4 and 5.

If you answered NO for one defendant and YES for the other, then proceed to questions 4 and 5 but do not answer any further questions for the defendant for which you answered NO.

If your answer to question 3 is NO for both defendants, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

4. Do you find that any of the defendants misappropriated the client list by improperly using the client list?

Aimee Sabolyk __X__ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No GAA __X__ Yes _____ No

Regardless of your answer to question 4, answer question 5.

5. Do you find that Aimee Sabolyk or John Mondragon misappropriated the client list by improperly disclosing the client list to GAA?

Aimee Sabolyk __X__ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No

If your answer to questions 4 and 5 is YES for any of the defendants, then proceed to question 6 only as to the defendants for which you answered YES. If your answer to questions 4 and 5 is NO for all of the defendants, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

6. Do you find that StrikePoint Trading, LLC was harmed by the misappropriation of its client list?

Aimee Sabolyk __X__ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No GAA __X__ Yes _____ No

If your answer to question 6 is YES for any of the defendants, then proceed to question 7 only as to the defendants for which you answered YES.

If you answered NO for all of the defendants, then skip to question 9.

7. Do you find that the misappropriation of the client list was a substantial factor in causing harm to StrikePoint Trading, LLC?

Aimee Sabolyk _____ Yes __X__ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No GAA _____ Yes __X__ No

If your answer to question 7 is YES for any of the defendants, then proceed to question 8 only as to the defendants for which you answered YES.

If you answered NO for all of the defendants, then skip to question 9.

8. What sum do you find to be StrikePoint Trading, LLC's damages resulting from the misappropriation of its client list?

Aimee Sabolyk $John Mondragon $GAA $

Answer question 9.

9. Do you find that any of the defendants was unjustly enriched by the misappropriation of StrikePoint Trading, LLC's client list?

Aimee Sabolyk _____ Yes __X__ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No GAA _____ Yes __X__ No

If your answer to question 9 is YES for any of the defendants, then proceed to question 10 only as to the defendants for which you answered YES.

If you answered NO for all of the defendants, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

10. Do you find that the misappropriation of the client list was a substantial factor in causing the unjust enrichment?

Aimee Sabolyk _____ Yes _____ No John Mondragon _____ Yes _____ No GAA _____ Yes _____ No

If your answer to question 10 is YES for any of the defendants, then proceed to question 11 only as to the defendants for which you answered YES.

If you answered NO for all of the defendants, stop here, answer no further questions on this verdict form, and have the presiding juror sign and date this form.

11. What sum do you find to be the unjust enrichment to those defendants found to have been unjustly enriched in question 10?

Aimee Sabolyk

$_________________________ John Mondragon

$_________________________

GAA

$_________________________

Dated: March 16, 2009 Redacted signature on file with the Court

Presiding Juror

It appearing by reason of above-said verdict that Plaintiff StrikePoint Trading, LLC is entitled to judgment against Defendant Aimee Elizabeth Sabolyk, IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that Plaintiff StrikePoint Trading, LLC have and recover from Defendant Aimee Elizabeth Sabolyk the sum of $102,300.00, with interest thereon at the rate of ten percent (10%) per annum from the date of entry of this judgment until paid, together with Plaintiff StrikePoint Trading, LLC's costs and disbursements in the amount of $17,000.00.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that Defendant John Matthew Mondragon is entitled to his costs and disbursements in the amount of $8,000.00.

DAVID O. CARTER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

20110829

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