Washington-based law firm Gilbert is suing a former client for more than $6 million in legal fees and expenses in connection with a $26 million jury award.
Gilbert's former client was Tire Engineering & Distribution LLC. The company, which does business as Alpha Tyre Systems and Alpha Mining Systems, develops special tires for underground mining. After Alpha won a $26 million judgment in a trade secrets case, Gilbert claimed the company refused to pay millions of dollars after switching lawyers—to former Gilbert partners who started their own practice.
The firm sued Alpha and its new lawyers at Weisbrod Matteis & Copley on Nov. 13 in District of Columbia Superior Court.