Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Overview


At McDermott, we help clients reduce the uncertainties associated with dispute resolution. We ensure that clients understand the strategies available to them, the potential costs of pursing those strategies, and the key distinction between short-term victory and long-term success.

Our practice includes many recognized trial lawyers and specialized litigators in the United States, Europe and China (through our strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices). We advise clients from most industries and have earned a particularly strong reputation for helping major, multinational clients win big-ticket cases. The strength of our lawyers is based on the fundamental principle that excellence in client service mandates deep substantive knowledge in a broad range of industries and areas of the law, and―when required―incomparable ability and success in the courtroom.

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Results


  • Celanese Corporation, a leading producer of chemicals and fibers, with securing a complete defense verdict from a Texas jury. After several weeks of trial, Celanese prevailed on multiple claims for breach of contract and fraud allegations seeking approximately $4 billion in damages. This victory also secured Celanese’s rights under a critical long-term supply agreement for its most important chemical feedstock.
  • Diageo North America, Inc., a global leader in beverage alcohol with iconic brands in spirits, beer and wine, in a distributor dispute that was one of the largest cases of its kind. Plaintiff, Major Brands, Inc., alleged that Diageo had wrongfully terminated Major Brands as Diageo’s distributor in Missouri. After successfully defeating Major Brands’ motion for preliminary injunction, the case was then set for trial on the merits of multiple claims, including novel issues implicated in laws unique to the alcohol industry, with Major Brands seeking in excess of $200 million in damages. The case settled during a lengthy jury trial.
  • Bionol Clearfield LLC, an ethanol plant developer, with obtaining a $230 million arbitration award in its attempt to seek damages from Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. for failure to make payments under an ethanol “off take” agreement. The panel issued a lengthy written opinion adopting all of McDermott’s legal theories on liability and damages under the Uniform Commercial Code.

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People


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