Under Wild Skies is a corporation and NRA vendor, whose function was to send NRA officials (LaPierre’s own hunt was a disaster) on free safaris, then bill the costs to NRA. UWS wasn’t owned by Ackerman McQueen, it was a separate corporation, but all or most of its board were Ackerman/Mercury Group staffers, whom we assume are also the shareholders.
UWS had a multi-year contract with NRA (maybe five years) and when NRA cut its ties with Ackerman, it cut them with UWS, too. UWS sued in Fairfax County Circuit Court for breach of contract, and NRA counterclaimed for a bunch of things.
We’re told all of NRA’s claims were shot down, and the jury awarded UWS $550,000. It may be worse than that, as the court only allowed damages for payments already past due (maybe just for those past due when the complaint was filed in 2019), not for future payments as they come due over the remaining years of the contract. That means that UWS can probably sue again for the remainder.
We’re told that the Brewer team for NRA was 10-11 attorneys; UWS had 1 or 2. The Brewer firm likely made a mint on the case. A weeklong trial, after three years of fighting, with a team of 10-11 attorneys billing at up to Brewer’s $1,400 per hour. The legal fees alone must have run into the millions, perhaps tens of millions.
Add one more to their long string of losses for NRA.
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