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When Eight Figures Simply Won't Do

Three of law firm Quinn Emanuel's biggest wins.

Client Opponent Issue Award
The six Yosemite/CLN Trusts Citibank N.A. Postbankruptcy, Enron refused to pay off its credit-linked notes because it claimed Citibank, which issued the notes, was complicit in its failure. The notes' holders went after Citibank. Citi, Enron, and the trusts reached an agreement that scored $2.1 billion for Quinn's client.
General Motors Volkswagen AG GM accused VW of corporate espionage after exec Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua left GM for a senior position at VW. VW agreed to pay GM $1.1 billion.
Jan Henric Buettner and Andreas von Blottnitz Bertelsmann AG Two German nationals who helped develop AOL Europe in the late 1990s, accused Bertelsmann, the site's co-owner, of breaching a contract that promised them an equity stake. A Santa Barbara jury gave the plaintiffs $1 billion. (The judge cut it to $295 million.)

A version of this article appeared in the September 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.