Local car dealer awarded multi-million dollar lawsuit - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Local car dealer awarded multi-million dollar lawsuit

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

An Alabama jury awarded, Shawn Esfahani, owner of Headquarter Nissan in Columbus, $7.5 million in a defamation lawsuit.  Esfahani, an Iranian born car dealer, claimed a Florida competitor told customers he was funneling money to terrorists. 

The suit also said Bob Tyler Toyota of Pensacola called Esfahani's Eastern Shore, Alabama business, "Taliban Toyota".  He claimed the Florida competitor portrayed him as a terrorist.

Esfahani fled Iran in 1980 after the Islamic Revolution. He is now a US citizen. Esfahani opened Headquarter Nissan in August 2010. It is believed the case was already brewing at that time.

Esfahani said the claims were very hurtful.

Copyright 2011 WTVM. All rights reserved.

 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $422 million jackpot

    Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $422 million jackpot

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:01 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:01:17 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:26:27 GMT

    This is the second highest jackpot of the year. The highest was $533 million, won by Richard Wahl of New Jersey in April. 

    More >>

    This is the second highest jackpot of the year. The highest was $533 million, won by Richard Wahl of New Jersey in April. 

    More >>
  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly