ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A jury has awarded billionaire Thomas Golisano $50,000 in his lawsuit accusing an interior decorator of overcharging him by more than $300,000 when she renovated his yacht.
After the verdict Wednesday, Golisano said he was pleased the jury agreed the decorator broke an oral agreement to sell furnishings to him at wholesale cost. He said the money will go to Rochester’s new Golisano Autism Center.
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that David Rothenberg, attorney for decorator Norma Goldman, was disappointed in the verdict. Rothenberg said it seemed the jury wanted to renegotiate the price of the project on Golisano’s $50 million, 240-foot yacht.
Golisano and his wife, former tennis star Monica Seles, testified at trial.
Golisano, founder of a Rochester-based payroll services company, has his main residence in Florida.