Thursday, February 02, 2006


Judge Alan Gold preliminarily approved a $1.075 billion settlement between Exxon Mobil Corp. and thousands of service station dealers who were found by a jury to have been overcharged by the company, settling a 14-year fight that went to the Supreme Court. The dealers are represented by Eugene Stearns, Mark Dikeman, and Mona Markus at Stearns Weaver. Exxon has been represented by lots of lawyers. At trial it was Larry Stewart. At the 11th Circuit, it was Howrey & Simon. At the Supremes it was Carter Phillips. And during the claims administration process it was Hunton & Williams and Burlington Weil. Fourteen years after the case was filed and after losing at every level of federal court, Exxon finally relented.

Disclosure -- Mona is my lovely wife.


Paul Calli said...

Mona Markus is a great lawyer.

Every family has to have one.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Stearns Weaver have co-counsel in the case, and isn't there a big dispute about how to split the fees. Isn't your post just a tiny bit misleading in suggesting that Stearns Weaver has litigated all by itself?

Anonymous said...

Stearns did litigate the case all by itself. Unfortunately there is a fee dispute in the case, notwithstanding. Greed makes the world go round.

Ruben Oliva said...

Hopefully the lawyers (including your wife) will get a fat bonus!!