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.