LDM Attorneys Secure $33.5 Million Settlement

LDM attorneys, led by Mark Novotny, Pat Vipond and Cathy Trent-Vilim, recently secured a $33.5 million settlement for a large commercial client in a highly complex and contentiously-litigated matter.  Over the course of the three and a half year suit, LDM successfully defeated three separate motions to dismiss and two motions for summary judgment (which span more than 500 pages of combined briefing and thousands of pages of evidence).  The settlement, reached only weeks before a scheduled six-week federal jury trial, related to investment losses the commercial client suffered while participating in a program operated by the defendants.  The case required the team effort of numerous LDM attorneys, paralegals, and staff members, who analyzed more than 550,000 pages of documents produced by the defendants and reviewed approximately 1.4 million pages of client documents for privilege and responsiveness.

Partner Sean Minahan Travels to S.E. Asia

Partner, Sean Minahan recently spent 12 days traveling in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan as a member of the Nebraska LEAD Class 31.  Throughout the educational travel seminar, the group met with governmental and corporate representatives from each country’s agricultural sector.  The prevailing theme of the experience was the U.S. agriculture’s role in S.E. Asia’s food supply and how that role may change in the future.  You can contact Sean if you have any questions about his experience traveling  in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

Plaintiff Verdict Affirmed on Appeal

LDM attorneys Bill Lamson and Cathy Trent-Vilim recently obtained a ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court affirming a $1 million plaintiff’s verdict.  In Werner v. County of Platte, the Court rejected the County’s objections to the trial court’s receipt of certain evidence, and its determination that the plaintiff was an “innocent third party” for purposes of Nebraska’s vehicular pursuit strict liability statute, and upheld the trial court’s judgment for Mr. Werner in the amount of $1 million, the maximum permitted by Nebraska law.

Cathy S. Trent-Vilim and “They’re Not My Clients-What Do You Mean I Owe Them a Duty of Care?”

Cathy S. Trent-Vilim recently published “They’re Not My Clients – What Do You Mean I Owe Them a Duty of Care?” in the January, 2013 edition of the Nebraska Defense Counsel newsletter.  The article discusses the Nebraska Supreme Court’s recent expansion of an attorney’s duties to third parties.  You can read the full article at https://www.dropbox.com/s/al85okak2zaqrbs/They%27re%20Not%20My%20Clients.pdf

Mark Novotny Inducted in American Board of Trial Advocates

Congratulations to LDM partner Mark E. Novotny, for his recent induction in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  ABOTA is an invitation-only organization aimed at elevating the standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.  It seeks out attorneys who display the skills, civility and integrity to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment which guarantees the right to trial by jury.