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Drake Firm Successfully Defends $179 Million Contract Award

February 6, 2013 -- The Drake Law Firm successfully defended the State of Montana's award of the largest procurement contract in State history--$179,000,000. After the Firm won several key pre-hearing motions, the unsuccessful bidder agreed to drop their bid award protest action against the State. In re the Protest of Molina Medicaid Solutions, Case No. RFP11-2021P.

Defense verdict in disability discrimination case

Representing the Montana Department of Revenue, Trevor Uffelman and Mike Kauffman successfully argued at trial that former Liquor Licensing Bureau Chief Jason S. Wood's employment was properly terminated because of long term performance issues. Mr. Wood claimed that his termination was the result of discrimination based on his alleged disability and in violation of the Montana Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act. A unanimous federal court jury returned a verdict in favor of the department on all claims. Jason Wood v. Montana Department of Revenue, Case No. 6:10-cv-00013-DWM (D. Mont.).

Montana Supreme Court Affirms Meth House Verdict

In September of 2010 the Drake Law Firm went to trial on behalf of a family who unknowingly purchased a home contaminated with methamphetamine. The results were catastrophic for the family and the firm achieved a significant verdict on their behalf in the first case to test a newly passed law requiring the reporting of known contamination sites to a public database. Lewis and Clark County, which the jury determined to be fully at fault for failing to report the property, appealed to the Montana Supreme Court after the verdict. Upon review the Court found in favor of the Slack family and affirmed the verdict. Slack v. Lewis and Clark County, 2011 MT 292.
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Firm achieves $564,000 verdict for family affected by contaminated property

A Lewis and Clark County jury awarded a Helena family $564,000 in damages in one of the first cases brought under a 2005 statute requiring local governments to report methamphetamine contaminated properties to the Department of Environmental Quality. Evidence presented by the family's attorney, Trevor Uffelman, proved that the home purchased by Lynn and James Slack, and occupied by their young family, was severely contaminated with the by-products of an illicit meth cooking operation and that Lewis and Clark County officials knew of the property's use as a clandestine meth lab dating back to 2002.
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$1.04 Million Verdict for Truck Driver Injured in Industrial Accident

A Great Falls jury awarded truck driver Randy Holdren $1.04 Million for leg and back injuries he suffered in an accident at a Falls Construction job site, in which a forklift operator pushed a bundle of pipe onto Holdren when the operator was attempting to unload Holdren's truck. During trial, Drake Law Firm lawyers argued that Falls Construction was negligent and had caused Holdren's injuries. Holdren's lawyers also argued that the accident had caused Holdren lost income and pain and suffering. Falls Construction's lawyers argued that Holdren was negligent, and that the jury should award Holdren nothing. At the end of the one-week trial, the jury held that Falls Construction's negligence was the sole cause of Holdren's injuries.

$850,000 verdict in case challenging the safety of aluminum baseball bats

Lawyers from the Drake Law Firm, along with attorney Joe White of Oklahoma,argued that aluminum baseball bats are unreasonably dangerous because they cause the baseball to travel at such a speed that players on the field--especially pitchers--do not have time to react to batted balls. On behalf of the Patch family, the firm argued that their 18-year-old son did not have enough time to react to the ball being struck before it hit him in the head while he was pitching in an American Legion baseball game in Helena. Brandon Patch tragically died shortly after the ball struck him.
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Listed above are significant matters handled by the firm which are representative of the work we do. Please keep in mind that past results are no guarantee of future results. Each case must be judged on its own merits.

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