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Court Verdict Won With Help From Fisher Phillips Attorneys Ranks Among Highest in 2010

10.19.11

ATLANTA, GA (October 19, 2011) - Fisher Phillips helped secure one of Georgia's largest jury verdicts last year, according to the recently released 2010 VerdictSearch's "Top 100 Verdicts." Attorneys with the firm were part of a team that secured a verdict of $17.5 million for Corey Airport Services in the case of Corey Airport Services vs. City of Atlanta, Clear Channel and Barbara Fouch. The verdict was listed as No. 5 in the Georgia rankings.

A federal jury awarded $17.5 million in damages to Atlanta businessman Billy Corey, who claimed the City of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport illegally steered a lucrative indoor advertising contract to a competitor with deep political connections.

The verdict, which followed about eight hours of deliberations, called for Billy Corey and his company, Corey Airport Services, to receive $8.5 million in compensatory damages, to be paid equally by the city, Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. and businesswoman Barbara Fouch. The jury also awarded Corey $9 million in punitive damages. Clear Channel was ordered to pay $8.5 million and Fouch $500,000.

Fisher Phillips Partners Mairen Kelly and Tex McIver worked on the case, along with associate Matt Simpson.

"It wasn't easy for a lone businessman to come in and fight City Hall, but this man, Billy Corey, stood up for what he believed was right," said Tex McIver, senior partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips. "He was an inspiration to many as he showed his courage and perseverance as he finally prevailed. We were glad to be there and support him all along the way."

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