The District of Columbia Court of Appeals handed a win to a litigation outsourcing company late last week, affirming a $6.9 million judgment in a fee dispute with a former client.
In an August 30 opinion (PDF), a three-judge appellate panel found that the contract between litigation outsourcing company eLawForum Corp., now called Drystone Capital Corp., and Unocal Corp., which is now a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., was "unambiguous" about what Unocal owed eLawForum for its services. Unocal had argued that the contract wasn't clear.
A lead attorney for eLawForum, L. Palmer Foret of Ashcraft & Gerel in Rockville, Md., said today that he hoped the court's decision would bring a "long-awaited" end to the dispute. Washington solo practitioner Alfred Belcuore served as co-lead counsel for eLawForum. A Chevron spokesman, Kent Robertson, said in an email that, "[w]hile we respectfully disagree with the Court's decision, Unocal is considering its options." Chevron was represented by DLA Piper.