Friday, March 16, 2007

"Legal Thuggery"

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld an $11 million judgment -- including $9.9 million in punitive damages -- against the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for acting with “actual malice” in suing an art expert who declared a painting to be inauthentic. The court found that the firm acted with a “high level of misconduct” and that its “use of the judicial system amounts to legal thuggery.”

The Great Falls Tribune has the story here. I posted about the lower court verdict -- which initially included a $20 million punitive damage award, before it was reduced by the trial judge to $9.9 million -- here. The 105-page decision is here. The appellate briefs are here.