Business Torts

Verdicts And Settlements

Contract And Business Claims

Bellott v. State Farm, $152,000,000 verdict for tortious breach of contract

$152,000,000 verdict for tortious breach of contract — Superior Court, Anchorage, Alaska, March 1999. Insurance agent claimed his independent agency agreement was terminated in retaliation for his refusal to engage in dishonest marketing practices. Jury verdict $2.7 million compensatory, $150 million punitive damages. This award was # 9 in the Top Ten Jury Verdicts of 1999. Settled for a confidential amount. FR’s co-counsel was Pete Ehrhardt, Kenai, AK.

Maytown Sand & Gravel, Inc. and Port of Tacoma v. Thurston County, $12,000,000 verdict for interference with contract to mine gravel

$12,000,000 verdict for interference with contract to mine gravel — Superior Court, Lewis County, WA. 7/16/2014. Gravel mine operators had rug pulled out from under them through arbitrary government action when he county reneged on 20-year special use permit to mine gravel. As a result of delay and legal expense, the mine failed and property reverted to seller, Port of Tacoma. Jury awarded $4 Million for gravel mining firm and $8M for port authority against County. This was the largest land-use verdict in Washington history. FR’s trial counsel, Don Bauermeister. FR’s co-counsel was Jed Powell, Seattle WA. Port was represented by co-counsel Pat Schneider and Steve Gillespie of Seattle.

Geolar v. Gilbert/Commonwealth Inc. of Michigan and Gilbert Associates, $12,000,000 verdict for contractor against administrator

$12,000,000 verdict for contractor against administrator — Alaska June 1995. Two trials and jury verdicts resulting in $950,000 in compensatory damages and $11.5 million in punitive damages for a small contractor claiming abusive contract administration by owner and engineer.

ATWV v. Westward Seafoods, $2,300,000 verdict for breach of contract

$2,300,000 verdict for breach of contract — 11/1995. $2.3 million jury verdict against processor for fisherman claiming breach of contract to accept crab.

Good Taste, Inc. v. United Airlines, $1,500,000 verdict for breach of contract

$1,500,000 verdict for breach of contract — $1.5 million jury verdict for airline caterer claiming breach of contract.

*DISCLAIMER: MANY OF THE JUDGMENTS ENTERED WERE LARGER THAN THE VERDICTS, DUE TO THE ADDITION OF STATUTORY INTEREST, ATTORNEY FEES AND/OR COSTS. MANY OF THE VERDICTS WERE EITHER REDUCED ON APPEAL, OR SETTLED FOR AMOUNTS LESS THAN THE JUDGMENT. THESE CASES AND RESULTS ARE A SAMPLING OF RESULTS ACHIEVED. THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PROMISE, GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. RESULTS DIFFER FROM CASE TO CASE.