TWG Business & Commercial Litigation Attorneys James Walker and Shane Rosson won a federal jury court case in which their client was awarded $3.25 million in punitive damages and $182,600 in actual damages. The jury rendered its verdict on July 1, 2021.
The TWG attorneys’ client was an independent oil and gas operator from Harvey County, Kansas, and has been in business for over 50 years. The defendants were from Southern California and the New York City area. Before victimizing TWG’s client, the defendants had previously scammed domestic companies in the energy sector more than 50 times. The defendants conspired in falsely promising to finance North American energy projects in exchange for brokerage fees and short-term loan proceeds purporting to use sovereign bonds issued by a South American nation as collateral.
The client was the only victim of the defendants’ scams who had ever filed a lawsuit. The client did so to expose the scammers, and the TWG attorneys were successful in helping their client achieve that goal.
The client sought relief regarding fraud, punitive damages, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) claims. The trial was originally scheduled for early 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the trial until this year.
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James Walker has a general, civil and business litigation practice for cases in the various state and federal courts in Kansas. Virtually his entire career has been in representations where litigation was either threatened, or, more usually, filed. His broad litigation practice has included matters involving securities law, receiverships, trade secrets, antitrust, non-compete agreements, oil and gas, real estate, legal and accounting malpractice, derivative claims, estate and probate disputes, and high asset divorce cases.
Shane Rosson’s practice is focused on general civil litigation with an emphasis in business litigation and estate and probate litigation. Shane has trial and evidentiary hearing experience in both state and federal courts in Kansas.