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PJJ's Litigation Victory
PJJ Achieves Significant Litigation Victory for the World's Largest Law Firm
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 10:00 am
by Walter Jones, Jr.

In a matter that began with the filing of a complaint in August of 2006, Pugh, Jones & Johnson defended Dentons (f/k/a Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal) in the longest and most contentious battle in the history of the firm.  The dispute involved one of the firm’s equity partners, a former General Counsel of McDonald’s, who alleged that the law firm had improperly caused him to lose his equity interest in the firm.  Plaintiff’s claims included both breach of contract and rescission.  PJJ’s initial motion to dismiss the complaint was granted.  On appeal, the ruling was reversed.  PJJ was then required to try the case twice, first before a jury in the law division and then in chancery.  The case was handled by the Chief Judges of Chancery (first Judge Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird and then Judge Moshe Jacobius).  After trial victories in both cases, plaintiff appealed.  As described in the attached article which appeared on the front page of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the Illinois Appellate Court found in a noteworthy decision that plaintiff was barred from pursuing his equitable rescission claim.

Download PDF: Horwitz v. Sonnenschein Nath  Rosenthal - 108 IL App (1st) 161909

Download PDF: Law Bulletin Article - 07-03-2018


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