For his part, Thibodeau told Deadline, via email, “I am incredibly relieved about what happened today. When you have been sued for $10.9 million [for] breach of contract and the jury rewards plaintiff with $5,000, that’s a victory. And NO defamation is a victory, and what mattered most to me.”

No decision yet as to whether the plaintiffs will appeal.

Thibodeau was represented by Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP, New York; Sprecher and Florenza were repped by Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP, New York (Erik S. Groothuis and Jonathan Mazer of counsel).