MAN AG v. Freightliner
A Portland, OR jury awarded $488 million to MAN AG against Freightliner LLC, a unit of Daimler Chrysler. As a result of an earlier case tried in England, Freightliner claimed that there were no assets with which to pay the damages. MAN AG, represented by Richard Stone and Bruce Cahn of Ball Janik in Portland, then sued Freightliner and Daimler Chrysler in Portland, alleging that Freightliner shifted and hid assets to avoid having to pay the original judgment.
The Focal Point’s Role
The Focal Point worked with counsel to clarify the case themes and theories and helped create a cohesive storyline that could be easily explained to the jury. In addition, The Focal Point helped the Plaintiff prepare its opening statement, developing the key analogies that were used throughout the case.
The jury verdict awarded MAN AG $350 million in punitive damages in addition to the original $488 million jury award. The Oregonian reports that the total of $838 million is believed to be the largest punitive damages award ever made in Oregon.
Multnomah County Circuit Court (Portland, OR)
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