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Gordie Howe lawsuit upheld by U.S. court before his death

A day before Gordie Howe's death, the Michigan appeals court upheld a $3-million US verdict in his favour in a lawsuit over the loss of tapes, videos and personal documents belonging to the Hall of Fame hockey player.

Hockey Hall of Famer, company receiving $3M US for destroyed videos, CDs, DVDs

Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, seen here with Wayne Gretzky in 1972, died Friday at the age of 88. (Brantford Expositor/Post Media)

A day before Gordie Howe's death, the Michigan appeals court upheld a $3-million US verdict in his favour in a lawsuit over the loss of tapes, videos and personal documents belonging to the Hall of Fame hockey player.

Howe and an affiliated company, Power Play International, had sued former managers over the failure to return certain possessions. Truckloads of merchandise and memorabilia were returned in 2008, but the Howe family learned that more than 1,000 videos, compact discs and DVDs had been destroyed.

The managers claimed destruction was part of an earlier agreement. However, a suburban Detroit jury awarded $3 million to Howe and Power Play in 2013.

In a 3-0 decision Thursday, the appeals court said there was no "reasonable excuse" for the destruction.

Howe died Friday at the age of 88.

A key defendant in the lawsuit, Del Reddy, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015.

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