May 01, 2001

The California Appellate Court reversed a $100 million jury verdict against Jenner & Block's client, General Dynamics Corp., in Argo v. General Dynamics, finding in a 3-0 ruling that the trial court's verdict was not supported by the evidence and ordering the plaintiffs to pay the company's legal fees for the appeal.

The California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, issued a 49-page ruling completely exonerating General Dynamics, reversing a prior jury award of $100.7 million, entering judgment in General Dynamics' favor and awarding General Dynamics its costs.

In the words of the appellate court, the evidence "had only marginal relevance to the issues actually being tried" in the case, which involved the allegations of 101 former employees who claimed they were defrauded into not joining a then-pending class action lawsuit for overtime pay. The Court also held that General Dynamics was deprived of a fair trial because of the trial court's "unfortunate" evidentiary rulings and because of plaintiffs' counsel's conduct.

Successfully trying the case for General Dynamics and serving as co-counsel with another firm on appeal was a team of Jenner & Block lawyers including Christopher Liguori, Royce Bedward, Dan Winters and Marc Van Allen.