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

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

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

According to the suit, Rubio had cancelled the appearance 36 hours before the event, claiming that she was sick. However, according to Raul Perez, an associate at litigator Fox & Spillane, Rubio testified at trial that she had in fact been vacationing with family on a boat off Acapulco at the time of the cancellation.

According to Rubio's attorney, the singer 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.

Despite the verdict, attorneys for Rubio called the outcome of the trail a victory. Rubio had been sued for more than $1 million, but Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey threw out the plaintiff's punitive damages claims.

"Paulina won 95% of the case," attorney Howard Fredman of the Los Angeles-based Law Offices of Richard Jacinto tells Billboard.biz "The award was approximately 5% of the amount that had been claimed for compensation alone. If plaintiffs had wanted a legitimate figure to cover their costs in getting an alternative performer this case could have been settled a year ago."

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.

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