Hamm v. Americorp, Inc., et al. | United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama | Case No. 2:11-ap-3007 — Following a trial that took place in November 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama recently entered a $102,949,220 judgment against Defendants Timothy McCallan, Americorp, Inc., and Seton Corp. related to their role in what the Court deemed “an extraordinary case of fraud on a massive scale.”In a related order, the Court also sanctioned all three defendants an additional $999,457 for discovery abuse that took place throughout the litigation.
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. et al. v. Caterpillar Inc. et al. | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-900126 c/w 02-CV-2010901073 — The firm achieved a $46 million settlement in a product liability case involving the failure of a single marine engine. The settlement came one week before the scheduled jury trial and six years after the engine failure. Bender Shipbuilding entered into a contract with Seacor Marine, LLC for the construction of a series of state-of-the-art vessels, including the M/V Sherman. The contract price for the M/V Sherman was almost $27 million. While the vessel was still under construction, one of its 3516B Caterpillar marine engines threw a rod during routine testing, causing a massive fire that burned the ship to its hull.
The Estate of Jane Doe v. Trucking Company, et. al.
In 2015, Cunningham Bounds recovered $10 million for the family of an Alabama woman who died after being hit by a big rig tractor trailer on Interstate 65. At the scene, good Samaritans tried to rescue our client, but she succumbed to her injuries and passed away. The case name and the parties must be kept confidential pursuant to the settlement agreement.
Morris v. Farmers Group, Inc., et al. | Mobile County, Alabama, Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-900355.00 — A local insurance agent learned that Farmers was recruiting agents to sell its products. At the time, he was a licensed insurance agent at another insurance agency, owned and operated by his father. He contacted Farmers about the potential opportunity and made it clear from the beginning that he was not interested in becoming a Farmers agent if it meant having to leave his father’s agency. Farmers assured him that it was not a problem for him to remain with his current agency, and that his association did not violate any of Farmers’ policies or procedures. However, that representation was false when it was made. The agent worked for Farmers for over two and a half years – building a book of business, establishing relationships with clients, and quadrupling the premiums he earned for Farmers. Then, without warning, he was terminated due to his relationship with his father’s agency. Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds obtained a $2.4 million jury verdict in favor of the insurance agent in this fraud case against various affiliated Farmers insurance companies.
Hill v. All Crane Rental of Alabama | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-901051.00 — In 2013, firm partners obtained a $1.7 million jury verdict for a client injured when the wire ropes in a manlift suddenly retracted, causing him to fall. The jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages and $700,000 in punitive damages. Cunningham Bounds’ client was using a manlift to install an overhead crane at the ThyssenKrupp Plant in Calvert, Alabama. While he was in the basket of the manlift and nearly 80 feet in the air, the wire ropes in the manlift catastrophically failed. The wire rope failure caused the boom of the manlift to suddenly retract, causing him to fall nearly 20 feet. Suspended 60 feet in the air, injured, unable to move, and trapped in the manlift, it took rescue crews 45 minutes to get him safely to the ground.