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Philip L. Spartis v. Stuart C. Goldberg - 2/17/2006

Award Amount- $1,000,000.00

Case Summary: On February 17, 2006, after a two-week trial, a Phoenix, Arizona jury found in favor of Liddle & Robinson, L.L.P.'s client Philip L. Spartis on both his claims for defamation and invasion of privacy/false light. The jury awarded Mr. Spartis $400,000 in compensatory damages and $600,000 in punitive damages. In August 2002, the Defendant, Stuart C. Goldberg, Esq., began operating a website at that concerned Mr. Spartis, Salomon Smith Barney, and the Atlanta Branch Office in which Mr. Spartis worked. Mr. Goldberg posted on his website a self-styled "Special Study" that he authored, called "Salomon Smith Barney: Wordcom's Exclusive Employee Stock Options Administrator and SSB's Atlanta Branch Office's Boiler Room Operation."  A second document authored by the defendant and published on his website was "The Grubman Circle: Jack Grubman and Philip Spartis." Mr. Goldberg published the "Special Study" and "Grubman Circle" to solicit SSB clients who had WorldCom stock and/or employee stock options to use his services to bring lawsuits against Mr. Spartis, and to assist other attorneys with similar claims. Mr. Spartis served as a senior vice-president in Salomon Smith Barney's Atlanta branch office from 1984-1997, and as Director of the Corporate Client Group from 1997 until February of 2002. In these roles, Mr. Spartis helped win for Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. the exclusive right to administer WorldCom, Inc.'s employee stock option program, among many other corporate clients. The jury found that Mr. Goldberg made numerous false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Spartis in his "Special Study" and "Grubman Circle." Mr. Goldberg, among other things, stated in these materials that Mr. Spartis engaged in criminal conduct, was a member of organized crime, a participant in securities fraud, and the head of a boiler room operation. The case, Spartis v. Goldberg, (CV 2003-021588), was tried in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, before the Honorable Paul A. Katz. Liddle & Robinson, L.L.P. partner Jeffrey L. Liddle represented Mr. Spartis, with the assistance of Arizona counsel Peter T. Limperis (of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C.). Terrence P. Wood and Marilyn D. Cage of Broening Oberg Wood Wilson & Cass represented Mr. Goldberg.

Jeffrey L. Liddle

Judge: Paul A. Katz

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