A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has awarded two Michigan-based public relations firms $57,350 in their suit against Latin pop star Paulina Rubio and her former manager, Ricardo Cordero.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has awarded two Michigan-based public relations firms $57,350 in their suit against Latin pop star Paulina Rubio and her former manager, Ricardo Cordero.

In a suit filed in April 2003, M3 Management and Pacific Communications Group claimed that Rubio had reneged on an agreement to make a promotional appearance for automaker Mercedes Benz at the January 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to the suit, Rubio cancelled the appearance 36 hours before the event, citing illness.

However, according to Raul Perez, an associate at litigator Fox & Spillane, Rubio testified at trial that she had in fact been vacationing with her family on a boat off Acapulco at the time of the cancellation.

M3 and Pacific Communications had sought punitive damages of at least $1 million, but Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey placed a cap on the award.

In light of the over $1 million that the plaintiffs were seeking, attorneys for Rubio saw the verdict as a victory.

"Paulina won 95% of the case," said attorney Howard Fredman of the Los Angeles-based Law Offices of Richard Jacinto. "The award was approximately 5% of the amount that had been claimed for compensation alone. So, we are of course disappointed that she was not vindicated on liability, but Paulina did prevail in terms of the claim."
Prior to the verdict, judge Mackey threw out the plaintiff's punitive damage claims.

The $57,350 award represents $20,350 in personnel costs related to Rubio's no-show, and a $35,000 discount that had to be given to Mercedes Benz for a future auto show.
According to Fredman, Rubio did not perform in Los Angeles because several of the promises made to entice her to participate in the auto show, including a Mercedes Benz sponsorship of her international tour, failed to materialize.

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