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Jones Waldo Litigation Team Wins $30 Million Verdict

07/31/2011

A jury in Utah’s U.S. District Court awarded approximately $30 million in damages to Utah-based Unishippers. After a two-week trial that capped more than two and half years of intense multi-state litigation, Unishippers prevailed on its breach of contract and bad faith claims against DHL Express (USA), a subsidiary of the German multinational corporation Deutsche Post DHL.

The jury found DHL had repeatedly breached the parties’ longstanding reseller agreement and had also acted in bad faith in its dealings with Unishippers. The claims arose as a result of DHL’s sudden pullout from the U.S. domestic shipping market in November 2008, which greatly damaged the business of Unishippers and its nationwide franchisees who provide shipping services to small and medium-sized businesses.

Litigators Timothy C. Houpt, Lewis M. Francis, Mark D. Tolman and Jessica P. Wilde, defeated the efforts of DHL's national trial team, which included the Los Angeles offices of Dechert LLP and Orrick Sutcliffe & Herrington, and the Salt Lake City offices of Holland & Hart, Holmes Roberts & Owens and Van Cott.

To read the article in The Salt Lake Tribune, click here.