Latin American Couriers, et al. v. DHL Worldwide Express, et. al.

PHMY attorneys, working with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe of Los Angeles, successfully defended a complex commercial liability case on behalf of DHL Worldwide Express, Inc. and Airborne Express, Inc., after an almost three-month-long trial in San Antonio.  The suit was brought by courier companies in Texas and Mexico that previously worked with Airborne Express, which was acquired by DHL in 2003.

The plaintiffs asserted multiple claims, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with business relations, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation, concerning freight and express shipments to and from Mexico.  At trial, the plaintiffs asked the jury to award up to $60 million in actual and punitive damages.  The jury rejected most of the plaintiff’s claims and awarded only about $650,000 in damages.

At trial, Airborne Express and DHL were represented by PHMY attorneys Jeff Hawkins and David Montpas and by Bill Oxley, Ed Woodsome, Chris Ruhland and Chris McDavid of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.