A jury found Dell had to pay $12.8 million in damages for conspiracy and unfair competition after it was sued for a New Orleans CCTV system that still doesn't work.
Dell was sued by Southern Electronics Supply and Active Solutions who claimed that New Orleans CTO Greg Meffert and other unknown people had plotted to steal the surveillance system.
The plaintiffs had sought punitive damages of $3.6 billion but a jury rejected those claims but Dell was fined another $2.8 million. Out of the defendants, Dell was blamed for being 35 percent at fault in the case.
Dell's defense was that both Southern and Active had lost out on competitive tenders and had decided that the hardware company had enough money to be worth suing.
Dell hasn't yet decided whether it will appeal against the jury verdict.