Auburn, N.H., After a lengthy legal battle with Freedom Energy Logistics competitor, Provider Power, in a unanimous decision the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently upheld a Superior Court jury’s decision to award Freedom Energy Logistics with more than $800,000 in damages and attorneys fees.
The Supreme Court ruling ends Provider Power’s appeal that started after a Superior Court Jury found the Auburn, Maine owner of Electricity Maine, and its owners guilty of stealing confidential customer lists, sales leads and other proprietary information from Freedom Energy Logistics.
“We were always confident that the Supreme Court would agree with the same verdict that the Superior Court Jury initially ruled,” said August G. Fromuth, founder and managing director of Freedom Energy Logistics. “The good guys won and we are just glad to put this behind us. We have a dedicated, loyal team and I couldn’t be more proud of all that we have accomplished. We never let this distract us from our core best practices and determination to provide customers with high end energy management services at wholesale prices.”
The initial unanimous Jury verdict in the civil lawsuit and the Judge’s subsequent ruling was handed down in May 2016. The two-week trial in Rockingham County Superior Court found owners Emile Clavet, Kevin Dean and their three energy supply and brokerage firms – Provider Power, ENH Power and Electricity Maine guilty. According to the lawsuit, Provider Power hired a Freedom Energy Logistics employee to work for them, while remaining employed with Freedom – Clavit and Dean coached the employee to obtain sensitive customer and pricing information from Freedom and then transfer that over to Provider Power to use for their means.
Litigation Attorney Christopher Carter of the law firm, Hinckley Allen represented Freedom Energy Logistics. “Chris and his team’s impressive preparation and performance in front of the jury and later before the Supreme Court truly exposed the defendant’s fraudulent conduct,” added Fromuth.
About Freedom Energy Logistics
Freedom Energy Logistics is a boutique energy management firm based in Auburn, N.H., that specializes in unique methods of electricity and natural gas supply purchasing. Founded in 2006, Freedom Energy Logistics serves the region’s largest manufacturers, municipalities and businesses. Pioneering the ‘Direct-to-Grid’ movement, many of Freedom’s customers source wholesale energy direct from the ISO NE Pool. Freedom provides critical consulting and procurement to help its customers make the most cost efficient decision on where to source its power. Freedom has been named amongst New Hampshire’s Top Family Business by Business New Hampshire. Freedom was named to Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine’s top 5000 fastest growing companies in America and was also named the 6th Fastest-Growing Family Business in NH by Business New Hampshire Magazine, named the 2016 Small Business of the Year by General Dynamics | Bath Iron Works. August G. Fromuth was also awarded with the 2016 Business Excellence Award from New Hampshire Business Review in the consumer services category for a small organization. Since 2015 FEL has twice been a finalist for the BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics. For more information visit www.felpower.com or call 603.625.2244.