In a plot turn befitting of one of her novels, Patricia Cornwell has won more than $50 million in a lawsuit against her former financial management company.
An enormously successful author, Cornwell sued Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, her former financial management company, alleging the company and former principal, Evan Snapper, were negligent in handling her finances and cost her millions.
The trial, held in federal court in Boston, began in January, with jury deliberations beginning last week and the verdict delivered on Tuesday, Feb. 19, according to The Globe.
“I think at the end of the day we came to a fair decision,” jury foreman John Martus said, according to The Globe. “And hopefully Anchin learns from this. If you are performing on someone else’s behalf, you have a responsibility towards them.”
If a 2008 USA Today feature is credited with opening a window into Cornwell’s life, then the trial may have blown a once-closed door wide open.
As a Radar Online post from earlier this year points out, the high-profile trial has revealed a number of details about Cornwell’s lifestyle, including how much the Scarpetta author has spent on private jet service and to purchase properties here in Concord.
According to reports and testimonies form the trial, Cornwell and her wife, Staci Gruber, claim they fired Anchin, Block & Anchin in 2009 over claims the firm mismanaged their money and made unauthorized expenses. Further, the author has claimed stress over the deteriorating relationship caused her to miss deadlines, costing her millions more.
Snapper, the firm principal singled out in the suit, reportedly told The Globe he was “very disappointed” after the verdict was delivered at the Moakley Federal Courthouse. And the attorney for the defense said an appeal of the verdict is possible, saying the firm "will endure in spite of" the case's outcome.
In a follow-up interview with The Globe, reportedly done over an hour in her North End home, Cornwell said the incident with her former money managers was "about as complicated as one of my novels; that’s for sure.”