ATLANTA and WASHINGTON—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that The American Lawyer has named two matters in which the firm played a key advisory role as a Deal of the Year and a Dispute of the Year in its 2015 Global Legal Awards.
Sutherland acted as counsel in the following award-winning matters:
Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance – Freeport LNG Project Financing. Sutherland served as Texas counsel advising on environmental, real estate, regulatory and litigation issues for the financing of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction project in Freeport, Texas. Freeport LNG is expanding its terminal to enable liquefaction and export of approximately 2.0 billion cubic feet per day of U.S. natural gas in the form of LNG.
Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year – The Signal International Litigation. Sutherland represented 46 Indian welders and pipefitters in a federal court lawsuit in Beaumont, Texas, alleging violation of the federal anti-trafficking statute, RICO violations, fraud, breach of contract, discrimination and other claims. The firm, in collaboration with other firms and legal service providers representing approximately 200 other individuals allegedly trafficked in the same scheme, has litigated the case through discovery, motions practice and to the eve of trial. Trial was postponed, and the claims against the primary defendant were settled when Signal filed for bankruptcy and agreed to a $20 million fund to settle the trafficking claims. The settlement was based on a successful jury verdict in early 2015 for the first five Plaintiffs from the original case.
The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards honors the most distinguished international work performed between January 1, 2014, and April 15, 2015, and the in-house legal departments and law firms that played a substantial advisory role in the matters.
View the complete list of recipients for The American Lawyer’s 2015 Global Legal Awards.
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