$535 million judgment deemed largest ever in Dallas-Fort Worth
Today, the trial team of Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox LLP (LTPC), and jury consulting firm, Bloom Strategic Consulting, Inc. are being recognized for their outstanding work in the 2014 Enterprise Transfer Partners (ETP) vs. Enterprise Products Partners case where a jury awarded Dallas-based ETP more than $535 million dollars in damages in a dispute with Houston pipeline company, Enterprise, over an attempted partnership that went wrong.
The multi million-dollar judgment has been recognized by the National Law Journal as the largest verdict in Texas in 2014 and the third largest jury verdict in the U.S. in 2014. In addition, VerdictSearch.com, a leading provider of verdict and settlement research, said the judgement is the largest ever in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The groundbreaking case examined how two businesses can be involved in a legally binding partnership even when there is no official partnership agreement and when one of the parties claims it never intended for the joint venture to be official.
According to Jason Bloom, M.A., president of Bloom Strategic Consulting, one of the key factors that played a major role in the success of the trial team was the selection of the jury.
“Finding a jury that would accept the existence of a partnership without a written contract and convincing them that a company’s conduct could be more revealing about its business intentions than a written agreement were major challenges for us,” Bloom said. “By holding and gathering information from our mock jury study, developing an effective trial strategy and going through witness preparation process, our team was able prepare LTPC’s attorneys and plan for all factors that could effect this case.”
Bloom Strategic Consulting, Inc. is a Dallas based jury consulting firm that specializes in trial strategy, witness communications training, and jury selection. Jason Bloom, who holds close to 20 years of jury consulting experience, established Bloom Strategic Consulting, Inc. in 2007. In addition to trial work, the firm conducts dozens of mock jury studies each year and becomes involved in some of the most high stakes and high profile matters in the U.S. Past clients have included Oprah Winfrey and Roger Clemens. He and his consulting team apply their vast experience and insights toward building success stories for the clients, both in and out of the courtroom.