1 S8 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM Monday, February 21, 2005 TOP THE VERDICTSEARCH 100 NLJ CLIENT LIST WHO TOP OF VERDICTS DEFENDS OF CORPORATE 2004 AMERICA 1 $1,620,000,000 Case settled for an undisclosed amount. 2 $1,281,690,000 Verdict overturned. JMOL granted. Appeal 3 $1,013,353,000 Appeal 4 $776,136,398 Appeal dismissed. Fraud Insurance agent continued to collect premiums on lapsed policy. Antitrust Cattle producers claimed Tyson manipulated prices through contract buying. Woman who took diet drug cominbation fen-phen died of lung disease. Wrongful Death Sheriff and deputies conspired to assassinate sheriff-elect. Whittaker v. Southwestern Life Insurance Co. Macon Co., Ala., Cir. Ct. CV /4/2004 Pickett v. Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. M.D. Ala. A N 2/22/2004 Coffey v. Wyeth Jefferson Co., Texas, Dist. Ct. E /14/2004 Brown v. Dorsey Gwinnett Co., Ga., Super. Ct. 02A /19/2004 Jock M. Smith and Brian P. Strength, Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith, Tuskegee, Ala. David Domina, Omaha, Neb.; Joe R. Whately Jr., Whatley Drake, Birmingham, Ala. John M. O Quinn, Richard N. Laminack and Thomas W. Pirtle, O Quinn, Laminack & Pirtle, Houston Steven K. Leibel, Casey Gilson Leibel, Atlanta Bruce F. Rogers, Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, Birmingham, Ala.; George W. Walker III, Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, Montgomery, Ala. Thomas Green, Mark Hopson and William Baumgartner, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Washington and Chicago William D. Sims Jr., Vinson & Elkins, Dallas; Timothy Atkeson and Peter K. Bleakley, Arnold & Porter, Denver and Washington Not defended 5 $591,000,000 Appeal Tobacco Jury ordered tobacco industry to fund smoker-cessation programs. Scott v. The American Tobacco Company Inc. Orleans Parish, La., Dist. Ct /21/2004 Russ M. Herman, Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, New Orleans Charles F. Gay, Adams and Reese, New Orleans; Gary R. Long, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo. 6 $582,000,000 Award is on Michelson s counterclaim. 7 $452,000,000 Net is $97.6 million. Judge reduced award to $190, $369,000,000 Reduced to $150 million. Appeal 9 $366,211,159 Court-ordered mediation Inventor of spinal fusion implant claimed plaintiff breached license agreements. Controller sent improper signals, causing gas to enter boiler, resulting in explosion. Driver, now paraplegic, claimed Ford Explorer rollover-prone and roof not crashworthy. Cardiologist claimed suspension of privileges was malicious. Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc. v. Michelson W.D. Tenn. 01CV /12/2004 Kansas City Power & Light Co. v. Allen-Bradley Corp. Jackson Co., Mo., Cir. Ct. 01-CV /5/2004 Buell-Wilson v. Ford Motor Co. San Diego Co., Calif., Super. Ct. GIC /3/2004 Poliner v. Texas Health Systems N.D. Texas 3-00-CV-1007-D 8/27/2004 Leo Bearman, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis, Tenn. (for Medtronic) Randall E. Hendricks and Kirk T. May, Rouse Hendricks German May, Kansas City, Mo. Dennis A. Schoville and Louis G. Arnell, Schoville & Arnell, San Diego Charla Aldous, Aldous & McDougal, Dallas; Michael Logan and Karin Zaner, Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, Dallas Robert Krupka, Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles; Marc Marmaro and Stan Gibson, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, Los Angeles (for Michelson) Steven P. Sanders, Lisa A. Larkin and Lucy T. Unger, Williams Venker & Sanders, St. Louis Ronald E. Cabaniss, Cabaniss, Smith, Toole & Wiggins, Maitland, Fla.; Anthony E. Sonnett, Yukevich & Sonnett, Los Angeles Lea Courington and Sheree McCall, Gwinn & Roby, Dallas 10 $167,001,583 Various claims thrown out. Net is $40,573, $161,000, $156,000,000 $52 million verdict was trebled by statute. 13 $134,528,960 Judgment for $164,159,400. Appeal 14 $111,700,000 Case settled for $6 million. Shareholder Derivative Suit Founder claimed transaction with investor resulted in substantial losses and dilution of his interest. Banking Architect of fraudulent securitization program caused bank to close. Anti-Terrorism Act Family of teen shot in Israeli settlement sued U.S. charities supporting Hamas. Patents for blood-oxygen monitor infringed upon. Failure to induce birth resulted in quadriparesis. Kollman v. Cell Tech International Inc. Lane Co., Ore., Cir. Ct CV 8/23/2004 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. v. Bakkebo S.D. W.Va /8/2004 Boim v. Quranic Literacy Institute N.D. Ill. 00 C /8/2004 Masimo Corp. v. Nellcor Puritan Bennett Inc. C.D. Calif. 00-CV MRP 3/26/2004 Reden v. Wagner Suffolk Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /99 1/26/2004 Bruce Cully Moore, Moore & Associates, Eugene, Ore. John G. Turner III and Robert B. Bell, Mullin Hoard & Brown, Amarillo, Texas Stephen J. Landes, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, Chicago Joseph R. Re, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, Irvine, Calif. Steven E. Pegalis, Pegalis & Erickson, Lake Success, N.Y. James H. Gidley and Erick J. Haynie, Perkins Coie, Portland, Ore.; Jeffrey J. Matthews, Moore & Associates, Eugene, Ore. Jeffrey Dorrell, Houston John M. Beal, Chicago Stephen P. Swinton, Cooley Godward, San Diego Clifford A. Bartlett Jr., Bartlett McDonough Bastone & Monaghan, Mineola, N.Y. 15 $111,000,000 Appeal Fraud Chevron defrauded state of Louisiana on oil royalties. State of Louisiana v. ChevronTexaco Corp. Lafourche Parish, La., Dist. Ct /18/2004 Spencer Hosie, Hosie Frost Large & McArthur, San Francisco G. William Jarman, Kean Miller Hawthorne D Armond McCowan & Jarman, Baton Rouge, La. 16 $106,133,537 Judgment for $123,690, $105,500, $105,000,000 Judge reduced award to $26,989,000. Fraud Film-license fee structure based on inflated production costs. Eight-month-old killed by collapsing seatback in Dodge Caravan. Excessive Force Police officer shot and killed man he thought was armed. 19 $103,930,000 Awarded to Ahan on counterclaim against Modanlo. Partners in satellite business had falling out after restructuring. 20 $86,735,134 Judge reduced award to $25,030,134. Construction Laborer impaled on rebar when plank spanning trench collapsed from under him. Intertainment Licensing GmbH v. Franchise Pictures Inc. C.D. Calif. SACV AHS c/w SACV AHS 6/18/2004 Flax v. DaimlerChrysler Corp. Davidson Co., Tenn., Cir. Ct. O2C /23/2004 Estate of Little v. Price Baltimore city, Md., Cir. Ct. 24-C /9/2004 Schettino v. Modanlo Montgomery Co., Md., Cir. Ct /22/2004 Miraglia v. Lane & Sons Construction Corp. Bronx Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /00 2/13/2004 Source: VerdictSearch. For more details, go to Direct queries to: (800) Scott A. Edelman and Michael S. Adler, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles James Edward Butler Jr. and George W. Fryhofer III, Butler, Wooten, Fryhofer, Daughtery & Crawford, Columbus, Ga., and Atlanta A. Dwight Pettit, Dwight Pettit P.A., Baltimore; Domenic R. Iamele, Baltimore Creighton R. Magid, Dorsey & Whitney, Washington (for Ahan) Steven L. Hess, Simonson, Hess & Leibowitz, New York William C. Price and Jon C. Cederberg, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Los Angeles Larry Sutter and Joy Burns, Sutter, O Connell, Mannion & Farchione, Cleveland and Franklin, Tenn. Troy A. Priest, Baltimore Rodney H. Glover, Wiley Rein & Fielding, Washington (for Modanlo) Kevin G. McMorrow, Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Albertson, N.Y. (for Lane & Sons)
2 Monday, February 21, 2005 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM S9 TOP THE VERDICTSEARCH 100 NLJ CLIENT LIST WHO TOP OF VERDICTS DEFENDS OF CORPORATE 2004 AMERICA 21 $82,000, $78,500,000 Judgment of $108,848, $75,967, $75,684,000 Reduced to $37,840,000. Appeals 25 $75,077,836, plus $1,000 to each class member who proves harm.* 26 $70,918,798 Sony infringed vibrotactile technologies for use in its video game systems. Critical components in electronically controlled water heater were poorly made. Endotracheal tube became dislodged, depriving infant of oxygen. Dram Shop Bar liable for employee who got drunk on the job, then ran over construction flagger. Banking Bank invaded directly deposited government benefits to satisfy overdrafts and fees. Negligent Hiring Bus driver for church youth group had drugs in his system when he crashed. 27 $64,318,698 Trademark for bacteria-free catheter infringed by InMed Corp. and Alpine Medical Inc. 28 $63,000, $58,137,361 Case settled. 30 $52,000,000 Judge reduced award to $41,497, $51,499,999 Judgment for $63 million. 32 $48,000,000 Defense motion to elect remedies 33 $47,827,311 denied. Appeal 34 $45,500,000 Motion for fees and costs Forceps delivery left infant brain-damaged. O-ring split caused tractor s hydraulic fluid to leak and ignite. Ford knew F-350 parking brake was prone to disengage. Satellite TV company did not fairly reimburse DirecTV under joint marketing agreement. Public utility holding company reneged on deal to sell propane business. Young girl paralyzed from chest down when seatback of 2000 Lincoln LS collapsed. Nursing Homes Resident left unattended drowned in bathtub. Immersion Corp. v. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. N.D. Calif. C /21/2004 Microtherm Inc. v. Puget Plastics Corp. Cameron Co., Texas, Dist. Ct E 12/17/2004 Pellicer v. St. Barnabas Medical Center Essex Co., N.J., Super. Ct. ESX-L /15/2004 Tuski v. Ivyland Café Philadelphia Co., Pa., Ct. C.P. Feb. Term 2002 No /13/2004 Miller v. Bank of America San Francisco Co., Calif., Super. Ct. CGC /25/2004 Stout v. Rockmore Dallas Co., Texas, Dist. Ct /16/2004 Go Medical Industries PTY Ltd. v. InMed Corp. N.D. Ga. 1:01-CV-313-TWT 2/12/2004 Korzeniowski v. Bethesda Memorial Hospital Palm Beach Co., Fla., Cir. Ct CA004828XXO NAO 2/26/2004 Griggs v. West-Pac Industries Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct. BC /23/2004 White v. Ford Motor Co. D. Nev. CV-N DWH 3/19/2004 DirecTV Inc. v. Pegasus Satellite Television Inc. C.D. Calif. 01-CV LGB-CW 4/14/2004 Heritage Operating L.P. v. Scana Corp. Richland Co., S.C., Ct. C.P. 01-CP /14/2004 Sasser v. Ford Motor Co. Fulton Co., Ga., Super. Ct CV /2/2004 Estate of Solomon v. Developmental Systems Inc. Maricopa Co., Ariz., Super. Ct. PB /1/2004 Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella, Los Angeles Denham H. Heard, Heard, Robins, Cloud, Lubel & Greenwood, Houston; Steve A. Bryant, Steve A. Bryant & Associates, Houston Craig M. Rothenberg and Dean Pashaian, Rothenberg & Pashaian, Union, N.J. Robert J. Mongeluzzi and Michael J. Hopkins, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, Philadelphia James C. Sturdevant, The Sturdevant Law Firm, San Francisco; Thomas J. Brandi, Law Offices of Thomas J. Brandi, San Francisco Mark Werbner, Sayles Werbner, Dallas Patrick J. Flinn and Robin L. McGrath, Alston & Bird, Atlanta Christian D. Searcy and David J. White, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, Fla. Brian J. Panish and Christine D. Spagnoli, Greene, Broillett, Panish & Wheeler, Santa Monica, Calif. Shanin Specter, Kline & Specter, Philadelphia; Don Nomura, Laxalt & Nomura, Reno, Nev. Michael Baumann and Melissa D. Ingalls, Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles Kenneth Suggs and John Freeman, Janet, Jenner & Suggs, Columbia, S.C. Jeffrey R. Harris and Andrew M. Scherffius III, Scherffius, Ballard, Still & Ayres, Savannah, Ga., and Atlanta Craig A. Knapp and John C. Breslo, Knapp & Roberts, Scottsdale, Ariz. Matthew D. Powers, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Redwood Shores, Calif. William D. Wood, Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston; Peter M. Blute, Houston; Scott R. Hoyt, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Dallas Louis Ruprecht, Ruprecht, Hart & Weeks, Millburn, N.J. John Monaghan, Monaghan Ferrante & Fortin, Elkins Park, Pa.; Christine Boyle, Marks, O Neill, O Brien & Courtney, Philadelphia Joseph S. Genshlea, Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Sproul, Sacramento, Calif.; Arturo J. González, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco Robert Miller and Connie S. Squiers, Miller & Brown, Dallas Ron L. Quigley, Davis, Matthews & Quigley, Atlanta; William S. Sutton, McLain & Merritt, Atlanta Paul Buschmann, Michaud, Buschmann, Mittelmark, Millian, Blitz, Warren & Coel, Boca Raton, Fla.; Barbara W. Sonneborn, Sonneborn Rutter Cooney & Klingensmith, West Palm Beach, Fla. Steven J. Joffe, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, Los Angeles; Tom Y.K. Mei, Murchison & Cumming, Santa Ana, Calif. Malcolm E. Wheeler, Wheeler Trigg Kennedy, Denver Peter I. Ostroff and Michael C. Kelley, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Los Angeles W. Duval Spruill, Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney, Columbia, S.C. Kathleen A. Clark and Donald H. Dawson Jr., Dawson & Clark, Detroit Barry E. Lewin, Lewin & Schneider, Phoenix; James Bowen, Arizona Attorney General s Office, Phoenix 35 $44,000,000 Case settled. Bad-Faith Denial Rescission of insurance policy left man unable to get lung bypass. MacKool v. Medical Savings Insurance Co. Tulsa Co., Okla., Dist. Ct. CJ /30/2004 Michael P. Atkinson and Walter D. Haskins, Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Holeman, Brittingham, Gladd & Carwile, Tulsa, Okla. Donald M. Bingham, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis, Tulsa, Okla.; James C. Hodges, Eller and Detrich, Tulsa, Okla. 36 $43,600,000 Failed rudder control system responsible for jet s fatal crash. Sun v. Parker Hannifin Corp. Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct. BC /6/2004 Walter J. Lack, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack, Los Angeles William V. O Connor, Kern and Wooley, Los Angeles 37 $43,500,000 Increased by judge to $54.5 million. Appeal 38 $41,936,000 Award is for Pardee Construction. Settled for $41 million. 39 $41,117,500 Appeal 40 $40,775,665 Post-judgment motions Manufacturer of surgical instruments infringed trocar seal technology. Eminent Domain School district condemned parcel for construction of new elementary school. Toxic Torts Gasoline spill caused health problems and decreased property values. Digital blueprints detailing subassemblies for model trains stolen and used by rival. *Plaintiffs counsel believes total payout will exceed $1 billion. Applied Medical Resources v. U.S. Surgical Corp. C.D. Calif. 99-CV-625 7/27/2004 Solana Beach School District v. Pardee Construction Co. San Diego Co., Calif., Super. Ct. GIC /14/2004 Sunburst School District No. 2 v. Texaco Inc. Cascade Co., Mont., Dist. Ct. CDV /18/2004 Mike s Train House Inc. v. Lionel LLC E.D. Mich cv /7/2004 Joseph R. Re, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, Irvine, Calif. Dennis W. Daley and Scott Noya, Daley & Heft, Solana Beach, Calif. (for school district) Tom L. Lewis, J. David Slovak and Mark M. Kovacich, Lewis, Slovak & Kovacich, Great Falls, Mont. Fred H. Bartlit Jr., Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, Denver Roscoe D. Keagy and Steven A. McKinley, Asaro, Keagy, Freeland & McKinley, San Diego (for Pardee) Laurence Janssen, Steptoe & Johnson, Los Angeles; Ronald F. Waterman, Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman, Helena, Mont. Robert A. Swift, Kohn, Swift & Graf, Philadelphia Joseph H. Hickey, Dykema Gossett, Detroit; C. Douglas Moran, Howard & Howard, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
3 S10 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM Monday, February 21, $39,753,120 Case settled. 42 $39,059,334 denied. 43 $38,300,000 Four defendants filed notices of appeal. 44 $38,200,000 Award subject to caps. Appeal 45 $37,700,000 $34.7 million against Canon; $3 million against Fuji. Company refused to close on sale of subsidiary to its president, whom it then fired. Assault and Battery Headlock used on man in cuffs and leg irons resulted in quadriplegia. Multi-vehicle accident left family of four with one dead and three seriously injured. Crash victim s suit included claim that four-way stop sign created hazard. Leading manufacturer of digital cameras infringed multiple-file format technology. 46 $37,500,000 Judge overturned award, ordered new trial on damages. Teenager killed while walking to school on road with no sidewalk. 47 $36,789,797 Motion for new trial denied. Judgment entered. 48 $36,688,496 Net is $28,408,496. Clergy Sexual Abuse Church ordained pastor with pedophilic past. Exposure to asbestos-containing gaskets and joint compound caused mesothelioma. 49 $35,000,000 Woman struck by drunken speeding driver and is now a quadriplegic. 50 $34,361,253 Failure to monitor blood flow after surgery resulted in permanent partial paralysis. Tesla Power Acquisition Corp. v. Tesla Power & Automation L.P. Harris Co., Texas, Dist. Ct /30/2004 Alston v. Warble Baltimore city, Md., Cir. Ct CC7950 6/1/2004 Yoder v. Ferguson Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct. 02-L /26/2004 Robley v. PennDOT Delaware Co., Pa., Ct. C.P /10/2004 St. Clair Consultants Inc. v. Canon Inc. D. Del /8/2004 Medina v. City of Fontana San Bernardino Co., Calif., Super. Ct. SCVSS /20/2004 Doe v. Trinity Lutheran Seminary Harrison Co., Texas, Dist. Ct /22/2004 Treggett v. Garlock Sealing Technologies Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct. BC /20/2004 Schwartz v. English Lee Co., Fla., Cir. Ct CA 9/14/2004 Miller v. Berg Wayne Co., Mich., Cir. Ct NH 2/5/2004 Robin L. Harrison, Campbell Harrison & Dagley, Houston; H. Bruce Golden, Golden & Owens, Houston Philip C. Federico and Kerry D. Staton, Schochor, Federico & Staton, Baltimore Kevin P. Durkin and John T. Karnezis, Clifford Law Offices, Chicago Andrew J. Stern, Kline & Specter, Philadelphia Ronald J. Schutz, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Minneapolis Arash Homampour and Reza Mirroknian, Homampour & Associates, Beverly Hills, Calif. Edward L. Hohn, Nix, Patterson & Roach, Daingerfield, Texas; Jason B. Stephens, Stephens & Anderson, Fort Worth, Texas Ron C. Eddins, Waters & Kraus, Dallas Michael L. Beckman and Kelly K. Huang, Viles & Beckman, Fort Myers, Fla. Steven Schaefer, Sheldon L. Miller and Associates, Southfield, Mich. Glenn A. Ballard Jr., Bracewell & Patterson, Houston Eric B. Myers and Troy Priest, Brown & Sheehan, Baltimore C. Barry Montgomery, Williams Montgomery, Chicago; John Patton Jr., Patton & Ryan, Chicago; Bill Porter, Chilton Yambert, Chicago; Terence Selby, Prusik Selby, Chicago John P. Capuzzi, Office of Attorney General, Norristown, Pa.; Suzanne Fisher, Robert J. Casey Jr. & Associates, Philadelphia; Mark F. DiGiovanni, Devlin & Devine, Conshohocken, Pa. John E. Daniel and Donald L. Rhoads, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, New York (for Canon); Steven J. Routh, Hogan & Hartson, Washington (for Fuji) Dana A. Fox, Lynberg & Watkins, Los Angeles R. Brian Craft and Tracy Crawford, Ramey & Flock, Tyler, Texas David M. Glaspy, Glaspy & Glaspy, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Peter B. Langbord, Foley & Mansfield, Walnut Creek, Calif. Pro se Anthony G. Arnone, Kitch Drutchas Wagner DeNardis & Valitutti, Detroit HIGHEST GROSSING VERDICTS OF THE YEAR You ve heard about these verdicts, which are setting litigation trends nationwide, now get all the facts. Discover: the attorneys and expert witnesses involved, the claims and defenses, detailed award breakdowns and post-trial activity. Order the VerdictSearch Top 100 of 2004 and get full reports on the year s largest verdicts and summaries of 100 significant defense wins in one easy-to-read, fully indexed volume. A must read for any trial lawyer! Order your copy now for only $ 149 * Your Best Source for Verdict & Settlement News and Research. *as supplies last, tax and shipping not included. Call or go to
4 Monday, February 21, 2005 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM S11 51 $33,890,000 Passenger in armored van injured when coin boxes in cargo area surged forward. 52 $32,036,787 High/lows resulted in $34 million recovery. 53 $31,860,112 High/low resulted in $4 million recovery. 54 $31,100, $30,009,186 Take-nothing judgment entered. Appeal 56 $30,000, $30,000,000 Appeal Choosing vaginal delivery over C- section resulted in brain damage. Hospital should ve expedited C- section after drop in heart rate and meconium detected. Brain damage blamed on delayed response to early labor emergency situation. Real estate finance company reneged on loan commitment. Home health care agency s failure to timely test baby s blood resulted in death. Wrongful Death Woman stabbed 26 times by husband. Hiscock v. Griffin Inc. Hillsborough Co., Fla., Cir. Ct /27/2004 Campbell v. Rush-Prudential HMO Inc. Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct. 99 L /21/2004 Estrada v. New York Presbyterian Medical Center New York Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /01 11/19/2004 Manuka v. Ennin Kings Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /95 3/16/2004 Basic Capital Management Inc. v. Dynex Commercial Inc. Dallas Co., Texas, Dist. Ct. 03/ /11/2004 Estate of Shahid v. Home Care Home Health Agency Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct. 00L-734 2/24/2004 Swope v. Johnson Clay Co., Mo., Cir. Ct. CV CC 5/21/2004 C. Stephen Yerrid and Theresa L. Fiset, The Yerrid Law Firm, Tampa, Fla. Kevin G. Burke, Burke, Mahoney & Wise, Chicago Randy B. Nassau, Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald, Yonkers, N.Y. Thomas A. Moore, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, New York John A. Sopuch III and J. Robert Arnett II, Sopuch Arnett Higgins & Gaubert, Dallas Terrence Hegarty and Timothy Heath, Hegarty & Heath, Chicago John W. Kurtz, Hubbard & Kurtz, Kansas City, Mo. Jack D. Luks and Anthony J. Petrillo, Luks, Santaniello, Perez, Petrillo & Gold, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Tampa, Fla. Brian T. Henry, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chicago; Susan E. Conner, Cassiday, Schade & Gloor, Chicago Bruce G. Habian, Martin, Clearwater & Bell, New York, N.Y. Don D. Carlucci, Carlucci & Giardina, New York; Andrew S. Garson, Garson, Gerspach, DeCorato & Cohen, New York; Gerard J. Heubel, Bartlett, McDonough, Bastone & Monaghan, White Plains, N.Y. Charles L. Perry, Andrews Kurth, Dallas Mark T. Neil and Jeremy Eisenstein, Law Office of Mark T. Neil, Chicago Frederick A. Duchardt, Kearney, Mo. 56 $30,000,000 Appeal Three-hour delay before C-section resulted in retardation and cerebral palsy. Hollins v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, Ct. C.P. CV /24/2004 Geoffrey N. Fieger, Fieger, Fieger, Kenney & Johnson, Southfield, Mich. Joseph A. Farchione Jr., Sutter, O Connell, Mannion & Farchione, Cleveland; Marc W. Groedel, Reminger & Reminger, Cleveland 56 $30,000,000 Reduced to $27.6 million for settling party s fault. 60 $29,950,000 Judge granted motion for new trial. Failure to monitor antibiotic prescribed for foot infection resulted in child s death. Estate of Swilley v. Desai Orange Co., Fla., Cir. Ct. CI /29/2004 Anthony Caggiano, Ward & Caggiano, Orlando, Fla. Vance Dawson and Juan Ruiz, Rissman, Weisberg, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McLain, Orlando, Fla. Chip maker National Semiconductor missed scheduled delivery date by 18 months. ZF Micro Solutions Inc. v. National Semiconductor Corp. Santa Clara Co., Calif., Super. Ct. 102CV /14/2004 Anthony J. Trepel and Sandra R. McIntosh, Trepel Law Offices, San Jose, Calif. Allon Stabinsky, Margaret Tough and Richard Ulmer, Latham & Watkins, San Francisco and Menlo Park, Calif. THE BUSINESS OF LAW LOOKS A LITTLE DIFFERENT Increased competition. Global practice. Firm mergers. Client demands. Succeeding today means changing the way you operate your firm. ADERANT delivers smart, adaptable business solutions that enable you to react quickly to the ever-changing business of law. The results better visibility into firm performance, improved decision-making and increased profits. CMS.Net Business Intelligence Javelan Keystone Novient Contact us to learn more about the ADERANT advantage ADERANT Holdings, Inc.
5 S12 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM Monday, February 21, $28,574,587 Post-trial motion 62 $28,405,505 Punitives reduced from $18.4 million to $10 million. 63 $28,000,000 Post-trial motion Railroad Subway rider hit by train after exiting sustained severe head and leg injuries. Bad-Faith Denial Insured claimed carrier s footdragging on his personal injury claim affected his business. Shareholder Derivative Suit Shareholder questioned actions and loyalty of CEO. Huang v. New York City Transit Authority New York Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /02 9/22/2004 Hofmeister v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. Scott Co., Ky., Cir. Ct. 00-CI /4/2004 Gibney v. Culver Jr. San Patricio Co., Texas, Dist. Ct. S CV-A 4/16/2004 David J. Dean, Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, New York Dale Golden, Golden & Walters, Lexington, Ky. Joseph O. Onwuteaka, Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, Houston Robert G. Spevack, Jeffrey Samel & Partners, New York Michael Risley, Stites & Harbison, Louisville, Ky. Robert L. Joseph Jr., Sinton, Texas 64 $27,599,000 Net was $22,079,200. Case settled. 65 $27,000,000 Reduced for comparative fault. Motions 66 $26,500,000 Award on counterclaim. Punitives set aside. Case settled. Pitocin continued despite drop in fetus s vital signs, then vacuum extraction botched. Collision between tractor-trailer and car left two dead and one severely brain-damaged. Defamation Health care service provider falsely accused IT consultants of stealing trade secrets. 67 $24,875,000 Lack of safe way out of plaza parking lot contributed to crash. Sapp v. Baptist Healthcare Systems Inc. Jefferson Co., Ky., Cir. Ct. 99-CI /16/2004 Coleman v. Auction Transport Jackson Co., Mo., Cir. Ct. 02CV /28/2004 HCA Inc. v. Batsuk Davidson Co., Tenn., Ch. Ct I 4/1/2004 Lacy v. Acadia Realty Trust Luzerne Co., Pa., Ct. C.P. 629-C of /23/2004 Larry B. Franklin and Ryan A. Lother, Franklin and Hance, Louisville, Ky. Brendan C. Buckley and James T. Thompson, Edelman & Thompson, Kansas City, Mo.; John H. Norton, Norton, Norton & Noland, Kansas City, Mo. Mark J. Patterson, Waddey & Patterson, Nashville, Tenn. (for HCA) Stewart L. Cohen, Kessler, Cohen & Roth, Philadelphia W. Kennedy Simpson, Thompson Miller & Simpson, Louisville, Ky.; Beth H. McMasters, O Bryan, Brown & Toner (formerly), Louisville Walter M. Brown and Lawrence Rouse, Rouse Hendricks German May, Kansas City, Mo.; Richard F. Modin, Dougherty, Modin & Holloway, Kansas City, Mo. Thor Y. Urness and Julie M. Burnstein, Boult Cummings Conners & Berry, Nashville, Tenn. (for Batsuk and Howard, counterclaimants) Michael P. Perry, O Malley, Harris, Durkin & Perry, Scranton; Timothy E. Foley, Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins, Scranton, Pa. 68 $24,750,000 Post-trial motion Enterprise rented to man with two prior DWIs and suspended license. 69 $24,000,000 $40.97 million judgment. Post-trial motions denied. Halliburton s method for forcebalancing its drill bits infringed. 70 $23,588,217 Appeal Semi hit SUV, setting it on collision course with pickup, resulting in four deaths. Nettles v. Enterprise Leasing Company of Houston Harris Co., Texas, Dist. Ct /11/2004 Halliburton Energy Services Inc. v. Smith International Inc. E.D. Texas 4:02-CV LED 6/25/2004 Hughes v. TXI Transportation Co. Wise Co., Texas, Dist. Ct /13/2004 Joseph R. Alexander Jr. and Richard W. Mithoff, Mithoff & Jacks, Houston Eric W. Buether, Godwin Gruber, Dallas Derrick Boyd and Michael A. Simpson, Simpson, Boyd & Powers, Decatur, Texas John M. Causey, Hope & Causey, Conroe, Texas; Louis A. Fabrega and Kevin L. Hood, Fabrega, Hood, Raynes & Fass, Houston William C. Slusser, Slusser, Wilson & Partridge, Houston Charles W. Hurd and Michael C. Steindorf, Fulbright & Jaworski, Dallas Now Featuring a 6-Month Searchable Archive Available March 1! THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL ONLINE Online Features Include... Go beyond the story. Access six months worth of all the articles published in The National Law Journal. Also, full text of all U.S. Circuit Courts decisions from the past twelve months. Interact. Read and respond to respected peers on our Opinion Page. Cover all the bases. Link to major news sources for complete coverage of hot topics. Stay up-to-date. NLJ.com is updated daily to keep you on top of today s important legal news. Find what you need. Use the NLJ.com search engine to locate the specific article you are looking for. Visit today for a FREE 30-day trial subscription!
6 Monday, February 21, 2005 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM S13 71 $23,500,000 Reduced by fault finding. Increased by $10 million. 72 $23,300,000 High/low resulted in $12 million recovery. 73 $22,541,846 Motion to set off granted in part and denied in part. Truck that did not maintain safe braking distance slammed into family of three. Nurse failed to inform physician of irregular fetal heart rate. Buyer of adult TV network didn t pay service and revenue participation fees as per contract. 74 $22,500,000 Motion for new trial denied. Appeal Resin maker altered formula without glass manufacturer s knowledge. 74 $22,500, $22,000,000 denied. 77 $21,591,576 Modified judgment entered. Appeal 78 $21,347,519 Award is on counterclaim. Judgment for $22,693,289. Discrimination City used building codes to stop couple from converting homes to Alzheimer s facilities. Asbestos Plaintiffs mesothelioma resulted from asbestos exposure on ships and in navy yard. Fraud Top officers of charitable foundation bilked it for millions in salary and perks. Commercial lessee breached lease by failing to pay rent, raze structures and clean site. 79 $21,059,000 Pharmacy Negligence Misfilled prescription for antiseizure medication left child a spastic quadriplegic. 80 $20,709,000 Real Property Carbon dust escaped from plant and contaminated land. Mejia v. Manheim Auctions Government Services Miami-Dade Co., Fla., Cir. Ct CA-21 4/5/2004 Jones v. Provena St. Therese Medical Center Lake Co., Ill., Cir. Ct. 00 L 718 3/25/2004 Logix Development Corp. v. Faherty Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct. BC /18/2004 Nebula Glass International v. Reichhold Inc. S.D. Fla. 02-CV /21/2004 McClure v. City of Long Beach C.D. Calif. CV E 8/5/2004 Mayer v. John Crane Inc. New York Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /03 and /02 8/3/2004 Abbott v. Yeckel Travis Co., Texas, Prob. Ct. 77,995-A 6/14/2004 TDY Industries v. San Diego Unified Port District San Diego Co., Calif., Super. Ct. GIC /10/2004 Gehrke v. Walgreen Co. Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct. 99 L /10/2004 Action Marine Inc. v. Continental Carbon Inc. M.D. Ala. 3:2001 CV /25/2004 David Kleinberg, Alan Neufeld and Robert Pinkiert, Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, Aventura, Fla. Jay Paul Deratany and Terrence S. Carden, Deratany & Carden, Chicago Anthony J. Ellrod and L. Trevor Grimm, Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Los Angeles Louis L. Williams, Williams & Heffling, West Palm Beach, Fla. Barrett S. Litt, Litt, Estuar, Harrison, Miller & Kitson, Los Angeles Jerome Block and Adam Cooper, Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg, New York Jan Soifer, Brim, Arnett, Soifer, Robinett, Hanner & Conners, Austin, Texas; John W. Vinson, Attorney General s Office, Consumer Protection Division, Austin Jerome E. Eggers, Law Offices of Jerome E. Eggers, San Diego (for TDY) Gilbert Ross, Sussman, Selig & Ross, Chicago David B. Byrne III, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, Montgomery, Ala.; Jeffrey E. Friedman, Friedman, Leak & Bloom, Birmingham, Ala.; Edward R. Jackson, Jackson, Fikes, Hood & Brakefield, Jasper, Ala. Joel D. Adler and Walter G. Latimer, Marlow, Connell, Valerius, Abrams, Adler, Newman & Lewis, Coral Gables, Fla.; Mark A. Rutledge, Boca Raton, Fla. David C. Hall, Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, Chicago; Marc F. Benjoya, Cassiday, Schade & Gloor, Waukegan, Ill. Patrick J. Monaghan Jr. and Jeffrey C. Primiano, Monaghan, Monaghan, Lamb & Marchisio, Montvale, N.J. Frederick J. Lotterhos III, Holland & Knight, Jacksonville, Fla. Richard R. Terzian, Bannan, Green, Frank & Terzian, Los Angeles Thomas J. Burns, O Connell & Associates, Elgin, Ill.; Suzanne Halbardier, Barry, McTiernan & Moore, New York John C. Carsey and Roy Q. Minton, Minton, Burton, Foster & Collins, Austin, Texas Douglas M. Butz and Lee S. Kaminetz, Butz, Dunn, DeSantis & Bingham, San Diego (for San Diego Unified) William Johnson, Johnson & Bell, Chicago H. Thomas Wells Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, Birmingham, Ala. when the grass looks greener featuring Classifieds. MORE THAN 2,000 JOBS. AWARD-WINNING NEWS AND ANALYSIS. POWERED BY THE NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF ALM PUBLICATIONS. LITIGATION PARTNER BANKRUPTCY / RESTRUCTURING ASSOCIATE REAL ESTATE AND TAX PARTNER ENERGY ASSOCIATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS PARTNER EXPERIENCED LITIGATOR COVERAGE LITIGATION ASSOCIATE IP LAWYER INTERNATIONAL TRADE ASSOCIATE ADR PARTNER ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL COMPLIANCE ATTORNEY ATTORNEY WITH EXPERIENCE IN WORKERS COMP PARALEGAL SECURITIZATION/STRUCTURED FINANCE ASSOCIATES DRUG & MEDICAL DEVICE LITIGATION PARTNERS REGULATORY LITIGATION ATTORNEY HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY/INVESTIGATOR (EMPLOYMENT LAW) SENIOR COUNSEL EXPORT/IMPORT COMPLIANCE ATTORNEY LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY IP LAWYERS ERISA LITIGATION ATTORNEY DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL REGULATORY AFFAIRS SENIOR PATENT COUNSEL: PATENT ARTS DEFENSE ATTORNEY: ASBESTOS LITIGATION PATENT LAWYER PATENT PROSECUTION SPECIALIST
7 S14 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM Monday, February 21, $20,500,000 Appeal Doctor cut one duct too many during gallbladder removal. Santiago v. Curcillo Philadelphia Co., Pa., Ct. C.P. March Term 2001 No /30/2004 Philip L. Blackman and Stacey L. Schwartz, Schwartz & Blackman, Philadelphia Richard A. Kolb, White and Williams, Philadelphia 82 $20,350,000 Reduced to $20,175,000. Appeal Tobacco Lucky Strike smoker claimed fraudulent concealment. 83 $20,000, $20,000,000 Reduced to $12 million for comparative negligence. 83 $20,000, $20,000,000 Case settled for $15 million. Popcorn s artificial butter flavoring caused lung disease in plant worker. Railroad Family of motorist struck and killed by train claimed crossing was dangerous. Dram Shop Failure of bar to eject knifewielding patron resulted in teen s death. Wrongful Death Ranch employee shot and killed immigrant he mistook for hog. Frankson v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. Kings Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct /00 1/9/2004 Peoples v. International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. Jasper Co., Mo., Cir. Ct. 01 CV /15/2004 Sturdevant v. Kansas City Southern Railway Co. Jackson Co., Mo., Cir. Ct. 02-CV /22/2004 Estate of Fry v. High Note Lounge Inc. Jefferson Co., Ala., Cir. Ct. CV /20/2004 Olmos v. Mendoza Webb Co., Texas, Dist. Ct CVQ D3 8/23/2004 Gary J. Douglas, Bauman & Kunkis, New York; Michael A. London, New York Kenneth B. McClain and Steven E. Crick, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, Independence, Mo. Louis C. Accurso, The Accurso Law Firm, Kansas City, Mo. John David Lawrence and James S. Roberts Jr., Townes, Woods & Roberts, Gardendale, Ala. Rene R. Barrientos, Law Offices of Rene R. Barrientos, San Antonio; Carlos R. Soltero and Stephanie E. Kaiser, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, Austin, Texas Bruce G. Sheffler and Thomas E. Riley, Chadbourne & Parke, New York Michael J. Patton, Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, Springfield, Mo.; Bert L. Wolff, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York; Frank C. Woodside III, Dinsmore & Shohl, Cincinnati Craig M. Leff and James M. Yeretsky, Yeretsky & Maher, Overland Park, Kan. John Norris, Montgomery, Ala. Ron Mendoza, Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, San Antonio; Victor Viciniaz, Roerig, Oliviera & Fisher, McAllen, Texas 87 $19,932,000 Reduced to $17.9 million. Post-trial motions 88 $19,200,000 Appeal 89 $19,142,000 Transit Authority is responsible for half. 90 $19,098,341 Appeal Motorcyclist severely injured in collision with city of Tampa water department truck. Rear-ender by truck sent car careening into path of oncoming semi. Transportation Door closed on subway rider, who was dragged until he fell on tracks and was run over. Van struck construction flagger in reflective vest, causing catastrophic brain injury. Companioni v. City of Tampa Hillsborough Co., Fla., Cir. Ct /26/2004 Estate of Tengler v. Preferred Unlimited Inc. Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct. 99 L /18/2004 Gil v. New York City Transit Authority Queens Co., N.Y., Sup. 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8 Monday, February 21, 2005 THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL/WWW.NLJ.COM S15 91 $19,098,263 Drug to prevent lactation caused woman to suffer fatal seizure. Estate of Gunderson v. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp. Jefferson Co., Ky., Cir. Ct. 94-CI (Sec. 1) 3/1/2004 Larry B. Franklin and Michael R. Hance, Franklin and Hance, Louisville, Ky. Bruce J. Berger, Spriggs & Hollingsworth, Washington; Edward H. Stopher, Boehl Stopher & Graves, Louisville, Ky. 92 $19,014,000 $700,000 reduction stipulated. Fees of $728,668 awarded. 93 $18,503,300 Court set aside punitives, reducing award by $1 million. 94 $18,220,000 Award is on counterclaim. Post-trial motions 95 $18,204,244 Reduced by 25% as per fault. Post-trial motion Employment Woman terminated for excessive absences caused by panic disorder claimed discrimination. Faulty switch and switch housing assembly in box fan caused deadly fire. Tortious Interference Insurer encouraged doctors to work for hospital s rivals. High vegetation at crossing obscured oncoming train. 96 $18,145,831 Cox induced firm it was buying to renegotiate deal to purchase plaintiffs companies. 97 $17,890,000 Price, only defendant at trial, 15% at fault; settled. 98 $17,490,000 Reduced to $14,866,500 for comparative fault. 99 $17,200,000 Verdict overturned by judge. Appeal Highway builder blamed for dust cloud that led to pileup. Public Utilities Electrical current escaping from old power lines posed health risk to cows. Legal Malpractice Telecom executive claimed Gardner Carton & Douglas devised plan to force him out. 100 $17,146,413 Creditor and Debtor Company was never paid for DVD players sold and delivered. Roby v. McKesson HBOC Yolo Co., Calif., Super. Ct. CV /30/2004 Labar v. Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co. Starr Co., Texas, Dist. Ct. DC /21/2004 NCRIC Inc. v. Columbia Hospital for Women Medical Center Inc. D.C. Super Ct /17/2004 Slater v. Union Pacific Railroad Co. Brazoria Co., Texas, Dist. Ct JG02 6/24/2004 Estate of McDaniel v. Cox Communications Inc. Galveston Co., Texas, Prob. Ct. 60,943-A 10/15/2004 Garcia v. Price Construction Inc. Webb Co., Texas, Dist. Ct CVE D3 2/20/2004 Viersta v. Idaho Power Co. Twin Falls Co., Idaho, Dist. Ct. cv /10/2004 Ahan v. Grammas Prince George s Co., Md., Cir. Ct. CA L /5/2004 GBM Logistic Services Inc. v. Y-USA Inc. Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct. BC /19/2004 Christopher H. Whelan, Law Offices of Christopher H. Whelan, Gold River, Calif.; David M. derubertis, The derubertis Law Firm, Woodland Hills, Calif. Roberto L. Ramirez and Raymond L. Thomas, Kittleman, Thomas, Ramirez & Gonzales, McAllen, Texas Rodney F. Page, Bryan Cave, Washington (for NCRIC) Robert S. Kwok, Robert Kwok & Associates, Houston; Theresa Dean, Law Offices of Theresa Dean, Bay City, Texas Jack C. Brock and Maureen Kuzik McCutchen, Mills Shirley, Galveston, Texas George W. Mauzé II, Mauzé Law Firm, San Antonio; Charles M. Noteboom, Noteboom The Law Firm, Hurst, Texas Ken Peterson, Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Wichita, Kan. Creighton Magid, Dorsey & Whitney, Washington Nicholas W. Hornberger, Hornberger & Brewer, Los Angeles; H.G. Robert Fong, Ku & Fong, Los Angeles Philip Drysdale, Baum & Weems, Dublin, Calif.; Sarah Robertson, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley, Oakland, Calif. Jose E. Garcia and Francisco R. Villarreal, Garcia & Villarreal, McAllen, Texas Neil M. Gorsuch, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans, Washington (for the hospital) David Lee Crawford, Phelps Dunbar, Houston; Harding J. Rome, Union Pacific Railroad Legal Department, Houston A. Craig Eiland, Galveston, Texas; Wayne Fisher, Fisher, Boyd, Brown, Boudreaux & Huguenard, Houston Grant E. Adami III, Adami, Goldman & Shuffield, San Antonio; Jose E. Garcia, Garcia & Villarreal, McAllen, Texas David Brenner, Riddell Williams, Seattle; Lance Salladay, Boise, Idaho Charles Wayne and Robert Salerno, Piper Rudnick, Washington Christoper J. Nance, Law Offices of Christopher J. Nance, Van Nuys, Calif.