In 2014, partners David Freedman and David Urias obtained a $3.6 million jury verdict plus prejudgment interest of $1.9 million in a case brought by a small New Mexico business against the company that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory for the federal government. The case, Orion Technical Resources v. Los Alamos National Security, was significant because it was the first case successfully brought against the management company of a government facility under a breach of implied contract theory in connection with a flawed bid process. Related article.
Partner David Urias and co-counsel settle whistleblower and wrongful termination action brought against a county sheriff by his legal advisor for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prior to the overall settlement of the suit, we had obtained a ruling and a substantial monetary award in favor of its client for the county’s violation of the open public records act.
In 2015, partners David Urias, David Freedman and co-counsel Tina Cruz obtained multi-million dollar settlement in case involving a six year-old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being chased by a security guard at a major mining operation in New Mexico.
Attorneys David Urias and Amber Fayerberg settled consumer actions brought against a for-profit college in Albuquerque where twenty former students of the college alleged misrepresentations and other unlawful actions in the school’s recruitment processes.
In 2013, Joseph Goldberg was the lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in In Re Urethane Antitrust Litigation, D. Kansas, 04-1616-JWL in which the jury awarded more than $400 million in damages. That jury verdict, trebled to a judgment of more than one billion dollars, was the largest jury verdict in the United States in 2013 and is reported to be the largest price-fixing verdict in the history of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Related article.
Nancy Hollander represents two men who were imprisoned in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Prison, both of whom were severely tortured and imprisoned for over 15 years. One, Abd Rahim Al-Nashiri, is still in Guantanamo facing the death penalty and the other, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was never been charged with any crime, was finally released in October, 2016. We represent Mr. Al-Nashiri through the American Civil Liberties Union’s John Adams Project. We represented Mr. Slahi pro bono since he was first entitled to a lawyer in 2005. We obtained a writ of habeas corpus from a federal court, but the government appealed, the appellate court remanded the case to the district court for a new hearing where the case was stalled for many years. Finally, Mr. Slahi was released through the Periodic Review Board process. Ms. Hollander also worked for six years to get his book manuscript cleared for publication and it has become a national best seller, “Guantanamo Diary.”
Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward represent Chelsea Manning in her military appeal of her conviction and her 35 year sentence for charges relating to her valiant attempts to provide the world with knowledge of war crimes and human rights abuses. We will fight to overturn her convictions and sentence in the Court of Appeals for the Army, and, if necessary, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.
Nancy Hollander and John Boyd won a significant victory for religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, 546 U.S. 418 (2006). Our client, a small religious group that uses a sacramental tea containing a small amount of a controlled substance, received a unanimous ruling that it is free to practice its religion without interference by government. As a result, the government must assist the church and its members in bringing its sacrament into the United States.