Bailey & Glasser, LLP won a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of Shonk Land Company on Friday, May 6, 2022. Our team proved that the Defendants in the case committed five separate breaches of Shonk’s contractual rights of first refusal. As a result of those verdicts, Shonk will be restored as the rightful owner of 16,000-plus acres of valuable oil & gas property. In addition, Bailey & Glasser, LLP proved that the Defendants committed an intentional trespass, slandered Shonk’s title, tortiously interfered with Shonk’s rights, and were thereby unjustly enriched. In all, and in addition to its 16,000-plus acres of land, the jury awarded Shonk over $4.1 million in damages.
“On behalf of our firm and our client, we thank the jurors who sat attentively through this case, and we are humbled that they awarded our client everything to which it was entitled, including the long-awaited return of its own land,” said Nick Johnson. “Throughout the trial, we felt as though we exposed some egregiously bad and intentional conduct committed by Defendant Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation, and the jury’s verdict vindicates our view of what went on in this case.”