DALLAS — Ronald E. Johnson, the former top executive of Minyard Food Stores, told SN Friday he expects to present several “outstanding issues” within the next 30 days to the Dallas County District Court judge who presided over a trial in which a jury convicted Johnson of ethics violations.
It will be up to the juddge to deliver a final verdict in the case at the end of the 30-day period, Johnson said.
The jury ordered Johnson to pay $2.3 million in damages to Minyard after it found him guilty last week of a series of ethics violations during his 17 months as chairman, president and chief executive officer of the chain.
Johnson declined to pinpoint what the “outstanding issues” are. However, he told SN that if the case is not ultimately resolved to his satisfaction, “I will appeal it.” In a suit filed against Coppell, Texas-based Minyard in 2006, Johnson claimed he was entitled to $600,000 in bonuses tied to the sale of corporate real estate. In a counter-suit, Minyard alleged that Johnson had “lined his own pockets” and “feathered his own nest” by hiring friends and relatives for various corporate projects. It also said he had tried to solicit tickets from vendors for a Dallas Mavericks playoff game.
The jury upheld the company's claims and ordered Johnson to pay $1 million in actual damages and an additional $1.3 million in exemplary damages.
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