Case Studies

Vermilion Parish School Board v. Louisiana Land and Exploration Company, et al.

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By: Andrew Spingler, Dan Martin & Jeremy Young

  • Venue: 15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermilion, State of Louisiana;
  • Court Name: 15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermilion, State of Louisiana;
  • Industry: Energy & Natural Resources

Plaintiffs sought over $100 million in damages stemming from historic operations at the East White Lake field, an oil and gas production facility operated by Unocal from 1940 to 1995. One of the many Louisiana “legacy lawsuits” brought by landowners against oil and gas producers in the state, experts on both sides debated Unocal’s operational practices and extent of contamination on the property, which is home to a thriving ecological wetland as well as current ongoing oil and gas production.

Our Role

IMS Consulting & Expert Services worked with trial attorneys from King and Spalding and Kean Miller, and directly with various scientific experts to develop, refine and focus the defense team’s arguments and presentations at trial. IMS’s consultants worked alongside the client from the very early stages of the case all the way through closing argument to “clarify, create, and convince”. We believe the result speaks for itself.

Case Results

After a three week trial, the jury deliberated less than four hours before delivering a sweeping defense verdict.

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Case Testimonials

“In my twenty years of practice, IMS Consulting & Expert Services is the best trial strategy and graphics consultant I’ve encountered. What distinguishes them from others is their ability pinpoint the issues that really matter, avoid, the clutter, and present a compelling and simple story. Our legal team had struggled for months to simplify an exceedingly complex set of engineering facts, only to have IMS boil it down in our first meeting to a few simple themes and displays. We were blown away!”

Craig Ledet

“Can’t say enough about IMS Consulting & Expert Services. They get the trial game completely and bring it all. Around the clock support, a great attitude and images that say it better than words. Wouldn’t want to go to trial without them.”

Bobby Meadows

“We want to again thank everyone at IMS Consulting & Expert Services for all the hard during our trial. The IMS team was a key contributor to the success at trial. Your participation in our trial planning and execution was everything we hoped for, and more. We cannot say enough about the creativity and hard work you demonstrated throughout this case. Both were acknowledged by the verdict of the jury and directly by individual jurors who commented on how impressive our trial graphics were and how they helped in understanding some very difficult issues. We certainly have enjoyed and benefited from our association with IMS and look forward to continuing that partnership in the future.”

Mike Phillips

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