Experience

Trial Counsel in $240 Million Suit for College Brought By Colorado Attorney General

Served as counsel in a first-of-its-kind, five-day preliminary injunction hearing, winning a complete victory for a large career college, in which the Colorado Attorney General’s office sought 21 separate, broad injunctions. Subsequently tried a four-week bench trial against consumer protection and lending claims where the Colorado Attorney General sought $240 million. A decision in the matter is pending.

Reversal of $72 and $55 Million Judgments

Armstrong Teasdale attorneys obtained reversal from the Missouri Court of Appeals of two separate judgments – one for $72 million and one for $55 million – against our client in cases alleging that the use of personal care products containing talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. This was the subject of media attention around the country and earned trial lawyer Tom Weaver the title of Litigator of Week in the AmLaw Litigation Daily.

Dismissal of $1 Billion Class Action Claim

Successfully defended the operator of a commercial website against a putative class action involving alleged interception of an online customer's personal information, including credit card information, and disclosure of that information to third parties without the customer's consent. The plaintiff argued that this information, which was stored in a browser file before being sent to the website, was not yet a communication to website and that the interception and transmission of that information via JavaScript commands was illegal under the Wiretap Act. The court agreed with the website operator's arguments and dismissed the action. Plaintiff's counsel was seeking over $1 billion in damages, making this a significant victory.
 

Successful Arbitration for Financial Advisory Firm

Secured favorable outcome for our client, a financial advisory firm, in a two-phase arbitration. Phase one involved interpretation and application of a lowest contractual fee schedule provision in a subadvisory agreement. After a six-day hearing, an arbitration panel awarded award our client over $750,000; rejected a request by our opponent for $680,000; and found that our client was the prevailing party for purposes of a fee award. Phase two addressed alleged violations of confidentiality and noncompete provisions, for which the opponent sought more than $17.5 million in damages. The arbitration panel rejected the confidentiality claim and awarded less than $95,000 on the noncompete claim, amounting to just 0.5 percent of the damages requested.

Dismissal of Potential Multimillion-Dollar Class Action

Obtained dismissal of a class action suit on appeal against our client over an alleged violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The decision helped the client avoid a potential liability of up to $1,000 per violation (i.e., per applicant/employee) over the preceding five years, with total damages projected to be millions.

Defense Verdict in $3.7 Million Jury Trial

Secured a defense verdict for a St. Louis, Missouri-area medical group following a five-day jury trial. The plaintiff and her attorneys asked for a verdict of $3.7 million following a laparoscopic gynecological surgery. After 82 minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a defense verdict.

Defense Verdict for Insurance Client

Obtained a defense verdict for our insurance client following a three-week trial. The plaintiff sought $3.1 million related to a consent decree where it agreed to clean up soil and groundwater contamination from a manufacturing site. The insurers asserted that the plaintiff knew about the contamination for decades and did not properly notify its insurers, and that prior claims had been made associated with the contamination without proper notice. The jury found in favor of the insurers on all claims.

$12 Million Jury Verdict in Patent Infringement Case

Obtained jury verdict and award of $12 million in past damages against a client's subsidiary for infringement of computer software patent. Additionally, obtained jury verdict of noninfringement on patent infringement counterclaims.

Summary Judgment in Qui Tam Action Alleging Medicare Fraud

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of health care client in a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. In this case, the whistle blower sought over $1 billion, based on all claims submitted. The judgment, regarding allegation of Medicare fraud, was successfully defended on appeal.

Largest 2014 Missouri Defense Verdict

Won the largest 2014 defense verdict in Missouri on behalf of a gas company in a $30 million furnace explosion case. The ranking was reported by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Second-Largest 2013 Missouri Defense Verdict

Won the second-largest 2013 defense verdict in Missouri for its representation of a hospital in a medical negligence case. The ranking was reported by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Successfully Defended Snack Chip Manufacturer Against Infringement, Other Claims

Successfully defended client against claims of patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition brought by leading manufacturer of snack chips. Secured a defense verdict on all claims.

Multimillion-Dollar Patent Infringement Verdict

Won multimillion-dollar jury verdict of patent infringement for trace detection equipment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Successful Defense of $30 Million Claim Relating to Intentional Business Interference

Successfully defended real estate clients in a Missouri Circuit Court from a $30 million claim for intentional interference with contract and from attempts to obtain injunctive relief preventing them from doing business.

Representation of Major International Pharma Company in Qui Tam Litigation

Represented a major international pharmaceutical company in qui tam litigation alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Won Business Tort, Defamation Cases for Contract Manufacturer

Won suits brought in Pennsylvania state court against a contract manufacturer alleging various business torts and defamation.

Representation of Labor Union Against Various Claims

Represented a labor union in connection with allegations of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and related business torts.

Multiple Defense Verdicts, Favorable Settlements for Global Software Company

Litigated multiple AAA consumer arbitrations on behalf of global software company resulting in multiple defense verdicts or favorable settlement terms.

Representation of International Logistics Company in Contractual Disputes

Represented an international logistics company in a wide variety of contractual disputes.