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The Johnson Golf vs Town of Duxbury et al lawsuit concluded in its 14th day in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on Wednesday, after confusion over jury verdict slips and the ultimate price Duxbury taxpayers may have to pay.
After deliberation, the jury decided that the Town of Duxbury did violated MGL Chapter 30B when it awarded the contract to manage the North Hill Golf Course to Calm Golf in January 2009. When awarding that contract, Duxbury did not violate MGL 30B "in bad faith." However, "based on the conduct of the Town of Duxbury through the Chief Procurement Officer Richard MacDonald in awarding the North Hill management contract to Calm Golf in January 2009" committeed "an unfair or deceptive act or practice" toward Johnson Golf Management that was "willful and knowing" and "a substantial factor in causing a loss of money to Johnson Golf Management." The jury also decided a penalty multiplier should be applied to the $200,000 in lost profits and awarded to Johnson Golf.