The case stems from a dispute that ADT Security Services, which provides alarm monitoring to homes and businesses, had with authorized ADT dealers in Mexico. According to Verdict Search, ADT ended its relationship with the alarm dealers in 2002. Some of the dealers then hired Mexican businessman Jesus Hernandez Alcocer and assigned the equipment they allegedly owned to his affiliated company, Alert 24 Security.
In its lawsuit, filed in 2006, ADT alleged that Alcocer and Alert 24 conspired to authorize the filing of Mexican criminal complaints without any factual basis against current and former ADT management and employees in an attempt to extort money from ADT. In a counterclaim, Alert 24 alleged that ADT had stolen equipment that the dealers had assigned to Alert 24. The jury awarded Alert 24 $7.8 million on that claim, which increased to $9.2 million with interest. All of the liability for the defendants was assigned to Alcocer.
Marcel C. Notzon III of The Notzon Law Firm, an attorney for Alcocer, told us he was confident that the verdict would be thrown out on appeal. ADT lawyer Thomas Ajamie of Ajamie LLP said he plans to appeal the jury’s award to Alert 24.