Won Complete Defense Verdict in Whistleblower Jury Trial Involving Over $1 Billion in Claims
Date: May 2001
Case Name: Chadwell v. Koch Refining Co., 251 F.3d 727
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Koch Refining Co.
Our professionals defended Koch Refining Co., the largest privately-held corporation in the world, in a whistleblower case based on allegations of violations of federal and state environmental laws. The plaintiff, Charles Chadwell, sued Koch Refining, alleging that Koch terminated him in retaliation for reporting numerous violations of state and federal environmental laws.The plaintiff demanded $4 million in actual damages and planned to ask for $1 billion in punitive damages. The jury gave a complete defense verdict after a two-week trial. The verdict was upheld on appeal to the Eighth Circuit. The verdict was listed as one of the Top 10 Defense Verdicts of the Year in The National Law Journal.