Long story short, the $117 million verdict against them became $213 million. That was when the judge ordered that, on that award, 14 years of interest be paid. Here are more of the details from lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino on Abovethelaw.com.
The defendants appealed the verdict and lost. The Supreme Court turned down reviewing it.
So, Rennert/Renco decided to push back by filing a lawsuit for "careless and negligent errors" against Arnold & Porter. Specifically, they contend in state court that the law firm did not push for the appropriate jury instructions and questions on the jury verdict.
Since those claims involve the judge's decision-making, this will be a difficult lawsuit to win. How much is it proper for lawyers to "push?"
However, the plaintiffs could attract enough attention in the media to motivate Arnold & Porter to settle. What goes on in the court of public opinion can have more power than what could be ruled in a court of law.
I have participated in a number of public relations initiatives in which the objective was to encourage a settlement.
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