A federal judge in Maryland upheld a more than $6.1 million jury verdict in favor of a restoration contractor for lost profits and further awarded it more than $112,000 in sanctions-related fees.

Restoration contractor Modern Remodeling Inc. filed breach of contract, tortious interference and prospective business advantage, and civil conspiracy claims against former employees. MRI claimed that once Patrick Boyle and Robert Kimball stopped working for the plaintiff, they started planning to create a rival company, the Tripod Entities, according to the opinion filed June 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.