Catholic University law school alumnus Joe Hennessey, Class of 1995, led a trial team that convinced a Knoxville, Tenn.jury to award $3 million to his client, Kuwait-based MAKS Inc. General Trading and Contracting Company. The jury announced its verdict on Dec. 3. An account of the trial was carried in the Dec. 4 edition of the Knoxville Sentinel.
Hennessey also successfully defended his client from a $6 million counterclaim, which was dismissed by the jury.
MAKS Inc. General Trading and Contracting Company had subcontracted with another company, Tennessee-based EOD Technology, Inc., to supply materials for the construction of new buildings on Bagram Air Base outside of Kabul, Afghanistan.
After a three week trial, the jury found that not only did EODT fail to make its contract payments, but it also illegally entered MAKS's property in 2009 and stole some of the building materials in question from its defense contracting partner.
The $3 million verdict represents the jury's assessment of breach of contract, trespass, and conversion damages.
The case was tried before the Hon.Thomas Varlan, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Hennessey is a third-generation District of Columbia and Maryland attorney. After serving as a clerk to the Hon. John A. Terry in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Hennessey practiced in the litigation section at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP and the international arbitration group at Coudert Brothers. He has litigated a wide range of complex cases in state and federal courts, and before international arbitration panels.