Jenner & Block

Firm Wins Case for General Dynamics

The Firm has won a major victory for its client General Dynamics in Final Analysis Communications Systems, Inc. v. General Dynamics, a complex breach of contract and tort case.  Final Analysis sued General Dynamics for more than $500 million over the failure of the companies’ satellite telecommunications venture.  In 2005 a federal court jury in Maryland awarded Final Analysis $138 million and awarded General Dynamics $8 million on its counterclaim.  Later, the federal district court judge reduced the verdict against General Dynamics to $19 million.  Both parties appealed.  This month the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals exonerated General Dynamics by affirming the $8 million judgment in its favor and reversing the $19 million judgment against the company.  Jenner & Block Partner Linda L. Listrom led the trial team and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. argued the appeal.  The team also included partners Iris E. Bennett, Michael A. Doornweerd, Elaine J. Goldenberg, Susan C. Levy, Craig C. Martin, Ronald R. Peterson, and Matthew J. Thomas and Jack Quinn from the Rockville, Maryland firm of Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger.