Falcon Physician Reviews Inc. of Dallas alleged its students'credit cards were fraudulently used while they were staying at the378-room Holiday Inn Select at 2645 LBJ Freeway, which Younan hadunder contract to sell when the July 19, 2006 lawsuit was filed.The hotel did sell in late September2006, with Younan continuing to wage a battle over hisfirst lawsuit by counter-suing one month after the group broke aone-year contract to house students at the North Dallas hotel whilethey took USMLE prep courses.

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"This wasn't about money. This was about our honor, our name andour reputation," Zaya Younan, chairman and CEO of Los Angeles-basedYounan Properties Inc., tells GlobeSt.com. "This was our firstlawsuit ever. We want to let the market know we are very serious indefending our name and will continue to do so."

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Falcon Physician Reviews' attorney David Curtis, partner inShackelford, Melton & McKinley of Dallas, declined to commenton the decision. He also had no comment as to whether an appealwould be filed.

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Younan, one of Dallas' largest class A office owners, wasrepresented by Chris Hanslik of Boyar & Miller in Houston. "Hearticulated and provided compelling evidence of Younan's completeinnocence in this matter. The result was an overwhelming successfor Younan and a win for any business that must deal with frivolouslawsuits," says Adam Knowlton, Younan's senior vice president andchief counsel.

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Younan says the lion's share of the full award will be donatedto families of US soldiers who have died in combat. The funds willroll to a trust that Younan established to provide emergencyassistance to families dealing with soldiers' deaths. In the pastyear, Younan says he's contributed more than $500,000 to thefund.

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Dallas County District Judge Jim Jordan awarded $299,760.75 inliquidated damages for cancellation fees and $529,995.94 forattorneys' fees and costs. According to the order, Younan also maybe entitled to an additional $15,000 if there is a motion for a newtrial or reconsideration; $75,000 if it's appealed to the TexasCourt of Appeals; $25,000 if an appeal is filed and a response isordered; $50,000 in the event the Texas Court of Appeals grants thepetition for review; $20,776.36 of prejudgment interest at a rateof $41.06 per day until the final judgment is executed; and 5%annual interest until the award is paid in full.

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