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June 24, 2005

$30 Million Jury Verdict For Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Developer


NEW YORK, June 24, 2005—King & Spalding LLP, a leading international law firm, successfully represented Humphreys (Cayman) Limited, developer of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, in a breach of contract action against Fluor Daniel Caribbean, Inc., and Fluor Enterprises, Inc., in a three-week jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Humphreys was awarded $28.8 million, plus interest, legal fees and costs.

The jury found in favor of Humphreys after three days of deliberations at the conclusion of a three-week trial in Manhattan. Fluor Daniel Caribbean, Inc., the general contractor for the project, had sought nearly $30 million in damages. The difference between the damages requested by Fluor Daniel and the jury award to Humphreys represents a swing of nearly $60 million.

The 144-acre Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman beach resort is scheduled for opening in November 2005.

The trial team consisted of King & Spalding partners Dwight J. Davis, Edward G. Kehoe and John W. Hinchey, and Michael R. Libor, a partner of Morgan Lewis, in Philadelphia.

King & Spalding LLP’s Legal Team
Partners: Dwight J. Davis (Litigation—New York, Atlanta); Edward G. Kehoe (Litigation—New York); John W. Hinchey (Global Transactions—Atlanta)

Counsel: Peter M. Crofton (Global Transactions—Atlanta)

Associates: Troy L. Harris (Global Transactions—Atlanta); Angus N. McFadden (Global Transactions—Atlanta); Christopher S. Prince (Global Transactions—Atlanta); Rishona Fleishman (Litigation—New York); Thomas V. Burch (Global Transactions—Atlanta)

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