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Thursday, December 19, 2013, 10:22 AM

Fourth Circuit Affirms $2.8 Million Jury Verdict Obtained By Womble Carlyle For Government Subcontractor

On December 16, 2013, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion affirming a $2.8 million jury verdict obtained by a Womble Carlyle trial team, chaired by Jason Hicks, in the Eastern District of Virginia.  The opinion is available on the Fourth Circuit's website.

Womble Carlyle represented Mirzada Transport & Logistics Company, an Afghan transportation company, in a contract dispute with VLOX, LLC, a defense contractor owned by the son of a former Defense Minister for Afghanistan.

During the weeklong trial in the infamous “Rocket Docket,” the Womble Carlyle trial team defeated all of the claims against their client, including contract and tort claims valued at $18 million, and obtained a $2.8 million jury verdict for their client on counterclaims for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.  According to Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, this was the largest jury verdict reported in federal court in Virginia in 2012.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed the jury’s verdict in full, and the appellate opinion validated the Womble Carlyle trial team’s legal arguments and litigation strategy.

This case is a good example of how most distribution disputes are governed by the law of contracts and business torts.  Although antitrust and franchise law issues are important for companies to consider, the basis of most distribution issues is contract law.

You can learn more about this case on Womble Carlyle's website.

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