JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Attorneys for a Chicago-based law firm have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a $103 million jury verdict to businessman Lavon Evans Jr. who claimed the firm defrauded him.
The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the appeal of a lawsuit that Evans filed in 2008 in which he claimed the Baker & McKenzie firm defrauded his oil and gas business.
Evans alleged that a business associate and a Baker & McKenzie attorney, Joel Held, used his assets to obtain millions of dollars in loans without his knowledge.
The law firm's attorney, David Clark of Jackson, told the court that there was communication with Evans about the loans.
Clark says Evans raised no objection and raised no concerns about the loans, for which Evans' oil rigs were collateral.