Court upholds $26m award against Sabres owner

A state appeals court has upheld a $26 million award in a fraud
lawsuit against the owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and a company
he founded.

The court in Los Angeles on Tuesday affirmed previous jury
verdicts against Tom Golisano, Rapid Payroll Inc. and others.

Rapid licensed software to payroll processing businesses. In
2001, it abruptly canceled the license for a Palm Desert firm
called Computer Payroll Co.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, claiming the
cancellation was made after Rapid was acquired by a firm called
Paychex and was aimed at destroying a Paychex rival.

Paychex was founded by Golisano.

A call seeking comment from an attorney for the defendants
wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.