Marketing Firm Accused of Fraud By Costa Mesa Visitor's Bureau Wins Jury Vindication
An Orange County marketing firm accused in 2012 by the Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau with swindling them out of $100,000 is today touting a jury's Oct. 3 decision that "soundly rejected the allegations," according to officials at HyperDisk Marketing Inc.
"We are very pleased with the jury's decision," HyperDisk President Steven Seghers said in a prepared statement following the nine-day trial. "HyperDisk has long enjoyed excellent relationships with our clients. We have, and always will go above and beyond the industry standard to provide quality service and support."
The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court and first reported by the Weekly, alleged that the Irvine-based marketing outfit had submitted $100,000 in fraudulent invoices during the promotion of local hotels and shopping centers for the visitor's bureau.
The complaint sought a refund as well as $5 million in punitive damages.
HyperDisk's attorney Alan Greenberg declared his client "completely exonerated" and said, "This case unfairly maligned a company that for more than two decades built its reputation serving blue-chip clients."
In the past, HyperDisk has listed clients as including George Arygros' Arnel Development Co., the Newport Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hilton, The Jefferson hotel in Richmond and Sony.