Jury Finds Unanimously in Favor of Worldwide Network Services LLC
(Washington, D.C.) – Today an eight-person jury in the Eastern District of Virginia found unanimously in favor of Worldwide Network Services, LLC (WWNS) and against DynCorp International, LLC. The case involved counts of racial discrimination under 42 USC 1981, tortious interference with contract, breach of contract, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. The jury awarded WWNS over $5 million plus interest in compensatory damages, as well as $10 million in punitive damages.
This $15+ million jury verdict was in addition to Judge Gerald Lee’s $2+ million directed verdict entered on May 12, 2008, as well as a $3.2 million payment to WWNS from DynCorp in February 2008 for unpaid invoices.
WWNS, a Washington, D.C.-based telecommunications and information technology provider, worked as a subcontractor to DynCorp in Iraq and Afghanistan under the multibillion-dollar State Department International Civilian Police training program, installing telecommunications equipment and network services. WWNS brought the dispute against DynCorp in October 2006, accusing the defense contractor of actions designed to force WWNS out of the Iraq and Afghanistan projects.
Lawyers from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C., represented Worldwide Network Services at trial.
Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe and Asia.
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