Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward’s dogged perseverance was instrumental in securing $1.06 billion for plaintiffs in the intricate urethane antitrust litigation last year.
Lead trial counsel Joe Goldberg of the eight-lawyer Albuquerque firm said the plaintiffs’ team spent years amassing evidence that The Dow Chemical Co. participated in a price-fixing conspiracy involving the chemicals. Goldberg said his closing “summarized the important evidence and associated that evidence with the questions that the jury was going to have to answer.” The court cut the $1.2 billion verdict to $1.06 billion to account for settlements.
Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel also served as trial counsel with colead case counsel Fine, Kaplan and Black of Philadelphia and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll of Washington.
“[Goldberg] has a great rapport with the jury and a great ability to convey complicated issues,” Fine Black partner Donald Perelman said.
Dow’s lead trial counsel, David Bernick, a partner at Duane Morris then at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, said his client was “confident of its prospects on appeal.” Goldberg was also co-chairman of the executive committee in the antitrust case against Visa and MasterCard over retailer fees. The case settled for $5.7 billion last year. Dennis Stewart at Hulett Harper Stewart was executive committee co-chairman.
The firm has a public-interest passion. It served as co-counsel with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to successfully fight a New Mexico program requiring immigrants to give the motor vehicle department proof of valid immigration papers in order to keep licenses or identification cards. —Sheri Qualters
Reprinted with permission from the March 3, 2014 edition of THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL