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Lt. Friday. A Prioria Robotics employee was at the building, at 218 NW Second Ave., when they arrived. The employee didn know about the seizure, and no one else from the company was there.The employee was able to collect his personal belongings before the seizure began, which, Perry said, just business as usual for us.very thankful for the jury, said Cory Simmons, a Jacksonville based attorney for Condor Aerial.Simmons said in an interview Friday that Prioria been difficulty selling their drones in the law enforcement market. Prioria and Condor made an agreement that Condor, which already had connections in the industry, would sell the drones and keep part of the profit, becoming a value added reseller.In February 2013, Simmons said, Condor tried to buy a demo model of a UAV but didn receive it until that October, even though their contract required Prioria to give Condor a model within 30 days.The UAV was quickly damaged, Simmons argued in court, according to a court transcript, and Condor sent the UAV back to Prioria for repairs.Prioria failed to return the UAV, Simmons said in court, which crippled the company, according to the transcript, by causing him to reschedule demonstrations and in turn to lose customers.Simmons said that Prioria presented a significantly altered version of the UAV, and he argued in court that Prioria stole or destroyed the UAV, further arguing that providing the original UAV would have harmed the company.Simmons said Friday he believes Prioria wanted to use Condor for exposure and then end their agreement, of cutting out the middleman. Franjola, an Ocala lawyer, was Prioria attorney in the case.He argued that the contract didn apply to Condor purchasing a demo UAV. He also argued the contract began in March, whereas Condor tried to buy the demo UAV in February.Franjola said Condor didn deserve repayment for expenses that it argued it did in trial. An argument that Condor was entitled to lost money from an industry show in January before the contract was signed a huge money grab, he said.is trying to get blood out of these guys that he not entitled to, Franjola said in court.Franjola said the company owed Condor $20,000 because it kept the damaged plane.was Condor plane, Franjola said. kept it. They had their reasons. They shouldn have. left at Prioria and for Franjola went unanswered Friday.The jury found that Prioria breached a contract and an implied agreement of good faith dealing with Condor. It found Condor sustained damages of $1.3 million. Legal fees upped the total amount Prioria owed to Condor to $1.5 million.The Sun reported in January 2016 that Prioria Robotics owed $180,000 in back rent to the city of Gainesville and $46,000 more to the state after the company failed to meet wage goals as part of an economic incentive grant. The company was six months behind on rent to the city and was working to renegotiate the lease.The Gainesville surveillance drone manufacturer moved into the Building, at 606 SE Depot Ave., a former Gainesville Regional Utilities building, in February 2013 after the city paid $2.2 million to renovate the building to spur redevelopment of the Power District near downtown. Their seven year lease was intended to repay the renovation cost.According to a report from the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, Prioria was close to landing a $15 million investment when the lead investor pulled out at the last minute.In 2015 the company began having issues with paying its monthly rent to the city of Gainesville while in the Catalyst Building.The city restructured its lease with Prioria Robotics in 2016 for the company to rent less space in the building for about $16,000 a month. Part of the agreement was that the company would make up its debt.But starting in September 2017, the city started sending letters that said the company again in default on its rent payments.In a Nov. 21 letter from Prioria Robotics Chief Financial Officer Geoffrey Flagg asked the city for another extension.of today, we do not have the cash available to make this payment, Flagg wrote. are working diligently to do so. request was denied and on Dec. 7, the city terminated its lease with Prioria, which still owed the city about $100,000. The company moved out of the city building Jan. 1.Condor hired a local private investigator to find the company, later discovered to be at the Second Avenue home.Erik Bredfeldt, the city economic development director, said for now, it unclear what the city will do about the owed amount and that the city attorney is reviewing options, which include suing Prioria.