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Monday, December 18, 2006

SNELL & WILMER WINS BREACH OF CONTRACT, BUSINESS TORT VERDICT
Snell & Wilmer lawyer Alex Conti, together with Dawson & Clark, took a defense verdict in Rutherford Dawson v. Ford Motor Company (Super. Ct. Calif. Los Ang. Co.). Plaintiff claimed that in 1996 he was promised appointment as a dealer if he were to enter into a contract to buy a Ford dealership. Plaintiff did so in 2003 but Ford refused to approve the deal and would not appoint Dawson as the new dealer. Dawson sued claiming $26 million in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. Plaintiff’s case focused on the breach of an alleged oral contract and a separate claim of tortious interference with contract for failing to approve the dealership purchase agreement.

After eight weeks of trial and five days of jury deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict. Snell & Wilmer associates Jeff Singletary and Erin Denniston participated in the case.
 

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