Trial of Class Action Seeking $30 Million in Damages Against International Oil Company

Represented a large international oil company in jury trial in Dallas state district court where plaintiffs asserted a class action composed of numerous former employees who had been terminated in a workforce restructuring. The plaintiff class was seeking additional severance pay benefits under the employer's separation pay plan, plus punitive damages and basing their claims on allegations of fraud and breach of contract. The case also involved very sensitive issues relating to attorney-client privilege and claims of alleged waiver of same; however, rulings were secured from the trial court in the employer's favor. After a one-week trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for the employer on all counts and gave the plaintiffs no damages. The verdict was appealed and the judgment for our client was upheld.

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