$37 million verdict after four-week jury trial against defendants who had murdered a business partner and engaged in fraudulent transfers to prevent plaintiffs from recovering damages in civil action. (Adonis v. Chippendale’s)

Adonis v. Chippendales: Mr. Baute was Lead trial counsel on behalf of three plaintiffs in an antitrust, RICO, tortious interference, and fraudulent transfer action against the owners and associates of Chippendales. One defendant pled guilty to multiple counts of arson, attempted murder of two of the plaintiffs, and the actual murder (for hire) of one of the plaintiffs’ former business partners. The jury found the defendants liable for economic and emotional distress damages of $7.1 million and punitive damages of $30.5 million. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the entire $37.6 million verdict. (Opposing counsel: Howrey & Simon)