In Alabama ended recently the trial in which the owner of a large car dealership mocked as “Taliban Toyota” by a competitor won $7.5 million in compensation. Though, Shawn Esfahani, the Iranian-born owner of Eastern Shore Toyota, stated that the court decisions counts more that any amount of money as it may consists as an example for other business owners that are facing similar situations.
Shawn Esfahani departed from Iran in 1980 and settled in the U.S., where he opened his dealership in 2007. Initially, he started the process against its competitor Bob Tyler Toyota seeking $28 million in damages, as its employees described him to the customers as a convinced Islamist. More accurate, Fred Kenner, the sales manager of Bob Tyler, described to a least one couple that Esfahani was from Middle East and is “helping fund the insurgents there and is also laundering money for them.” Also, a salesman from Bob Tyler told the same couple that he was a terrorist from Iraq and “is funneling money back to his family and other terrorists. I have a brother over there and what you’re doing is helping kill my brother”.
Shawn Esfahani stated after the trial:
“The feeling I received in the courtroom for the truth to come out was worth a lot more than any money anybody can give me”
After the three hours deliberation of the jury, Esfahani won a total of $7.5 million, $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.