A federal jury on Tuesday awarded nearly $18.9 million to The Graham Co., a Philadelphia insurance brokerage firm, in its copyright infringement case against one of its former employees and the brokerage firm he now works for.

In the suit, Graham claimed that former employee Thomas Haughey took copies of two massive company manuals when he left in 1991 to join USI Holdings Corp., of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and that USI Holdings ignored the copyright notices on the books and began using them in its own sales proposals.