In The National Law Journal‘s Top 100 Verdicts of 2012 [NLJ, March 4], No. 8 shows an antitrust verdict of $261 million in a case where I represented the defendant. That verdict was completely offset by credits and was ultimately vacated and declared null and void by the judge. I think it is odd that the NLJ elected not to include such information for its readers, but I see the disclaimer: "The key here is what the jury awarded; this list does not account for judicial reductions, offsets or appeals." But even with this odd omission, the information is still erroneous. "[W]hat the jury awarded" in our case was in fact $87 million. [NLJ affiliate VerdictSearch] tripled the amount without showing that it was doing so. All told, your listing presents a quite inaccurate picture of what transpired.
Christopher M. Curran
The author is a partner at White & Case.
Editor’s Note: VerdictSearch, which compiles the list, responds: "The jury found [the defendant] liable for price-fixing and awarded the class $87 million. Under U.S. antitrust law, the total award was automatically trebled to $261 million, plus an award of attorney fees and costs."