SEMM succeeded in the first of many trials it has in a mass action case against DHL Express (USA), Inc. SEMM represents over one hundred Unishippers franchisees who resell shipping services to small and medium sized businesses across America. Prior to DHL’s abrupt pull-out from the U.S. domestic market in 2008, Unishippers franchisees resold DHL’s shipping services pursuant to a long standing contract. A Utah Jury awarded the first four bellwether plaintiffs approximately $8.7 million in damages in the breach of contract case. The prevailing plaintiffs included the New Orleans based Gulf Coast Shippers Limited Partnership.
The award came after a two-week trial in Salt Lake City that capped seven years of intense multi-state litigation. The jury found that DHL had overcharged the plaintiffs on millions of shipments from 2003 through 2008. The jury awarded the plaintiffs millions in overcharge damages, as well as lost profits damages caused by DHL’s abrupt pull-out from the U.S. domestic shipping market.
SEMM lawyers Patrick McGoey, Kyle Schonekas, and Andrea Timpa represented the Plaintiffs and defeated the efforts of DHL’s national trial team, which included the Los Angeles and Austin offices of Dechert, LLP and the Salt Lake City offices of Holland & Hart.