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Thomas Dupree Jr., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, argues before the Supreme Court of Georgia in the case of Chrysler Group, LLC v Walden ET AL. The court held session at the University of Georgia School of Law. Thomas Dupree Jr. of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher argues before the Supreme Court of Georgia in a session at the University of Georgia School of Law. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

Chrysler’s lead appellate counsel Thomas Dupree Jr., a Washington, D.C.-based partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, faced a hot bench Tuesday at the Georgia Supreme Court special session at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.

Dupree hung his oral argument for granting Chrysler a new trial on the company’s objection to his opponent bringing up CEO Sergio Marchionne’s $68 million-a-year compensation. Dupree noted that opposing counsel Jim Butler Jr. of Butler Wooten & Peak wrote that figure on a “giant” board. Then Butler asked the jury in closing arguments to award $120 million for the loss of Remi Walden’s life in a burning Jeep after its rear-positioned gas tank ruptured on impact. The jury awarded the $120 million, plus $30 million for pain and suffering, though the amount was subsequently reduced significantly.

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