Author Patricia Cornwell awarded $50.9M in federal lawsuit

2/22/2013
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
Patricia Cornwell claimed that the firm and a former executive cost her millions of dollars in losses or unaccounted revenue during their four-year relationship.
Patricia Cornwell claimed that the firm and a former executive cost her millions of dollars in losses or unaccounted revenue during their four-year relationship.

The best-selling mystery author Patricia Cornwell on Tuesday was awarded $50.9 million in a federal lawsuit, according to The Boston Globe.

Cornwell, best known for her series of books starring the medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, sued her former financial manager, the firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, and the firm's former principal, Evan Snapper, for negligence. The suit, filed in 2009, claimed that the company cost Cornwell and her company millions of dollars in losses and unaccounted revenue.

Lawyers for the defendants had blamed financial losses on the state of the economy and on Cornwell's choices, including a temporary apartment in New York she rented for $40,000 a month, according to The Associated Press.

Through their lawyer, the defendants said they would explore an appeal of the verdict, the Globe reported.