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.
Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation
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.
Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander represented Chelsea Manning in the successful commutation of her sentence from 35 years to 7 years, which resulted in her release from custody in May, 2017. Vince Ward and Chris Dodd continue to represent other soldiers in their criminal cases and appeals, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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.
Attorney David Urias 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.
Civil Rights : Religious Freedom
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 the government. As a result, the government must assist the church and its members in bringing its sacrament into the United States.
Military Commission / Habeas Corpus
Nancy Hollander has represented two prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Prison, both of whom were severely tortured and have been imprisoned for over 13 years. One, Abd Rahim Al-Nashiri, is facing the death penalty. We represent Mr. Al-Nashiri through the American Civil Liberties Union’s John Adams Project, in the European Court of Human Rights (where we already won two cases for him and are working on a third, in a Tribunal in the United Kingdom and in the International Criminal Court.
We represented the other, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, pro bono for many years. He was never charged with any crime and we finally secured his release to his home country of Mauritania in 2016. 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, which will soon be a featured film.
Partner David Urias and co-counsel settled 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.