Manatt Secures $31M Judgment on Behalf of Client in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Trial


Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated national professional services firm, secured a significant trial victory on behalf of client Leonard Schrage following a two-month bench trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. The Manatt team was led by litigation partner and lead trial counsel Steven M. Goldberg and included partners Ivan L. Kallick, Richard J. Maire, Benjamin G. Shatz and senior associate Kishan H. Barot.

Leonard Schrage was awarded approximately $31 million in compensatory and punitive damages, plus nearly $1 million in legal fees, after the court found his brothers had breached their fiduciary duties related to the automobile dealerships the three inherited from their father. The court determined that Leonards brothers knowingly and intentionally conspired to undermine Leonards authority at every step, and that their misconduct threatened the financial viability of the business, significantly impacting Leonards financial interests.

Leonards goal has always been to preserve the long-standing success of the dealerships he inherited from his father, said Manatt partner Steven Goldberg. We are thrilled to have secured this victory on his behalf.

The trial lasted from April 4, 2018 to June 6, 2018. The court determined that, due to the breach of fiduciary duty, damages to Leonard totaled $21 million. In addition, the judge awarded Leonard a total of $10 million in punitive damages, $5 million against each defendant.

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