National Communications Ass’n, Inc. v. AT & T Corp., 238 F.3d 124 (2d Cir. 2001)

Representing the National Communications Association (NCA), Blecher Collins & Pepperman prosecuted the only successful case against AT&T for its activities restricting long-distance resellers. At trial, the jury found for NCA and awarded $1.8 million in damages. The district court supplemented the judgment to include pre-judgment interest, for a total award of $2,194,431.84. The district court denied AT&T’s motions for judgment as a matter of law and for a new trial. On appeal, AT&T argued that the evidence supporting the jury verdict was insufficient and that the district court erroneously instructed the jury regarding the burden of proof. The Second Circuit disagreed with both contentions and affirmed the trial court.