Mistrial in case of bank vs. lawyers
A federal jury just couldn't decide between Wachovia Bank and the nation's trial lawyers.
U.S. Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District declared a mistrial Thursday after a jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, saying it was split 5 to 3 in favor of Wachovia, after five days of deliberation and an eight-day trial.
The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit seeking $6.7 million in damages after Wachovia rescinded a promised $89.5 million loan, sought to finance the purchase of a new, 11-story office building at 777 Sixth St. NW in 2007.
The bank cited the impact of the subprime mortgage crisis.
The association, which planned to buy the building outright for $105 million, eventually bought it as a minority partner in a $123 million deal.
Spencer S. Hsu
| December 17, 2010; 1:45 AM ET
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