Morgan Stanley Will Fight to Have Sunbeam Verdict Overturned

New York —

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MWD) reaffirmed its intention to appeal the verdict in the suit brought against it by Coleman (Parent) Holdings as well as the punitive damages awarded today. Morgan Stanley said it has multiple grounds on which to appeal, intends to pursue them to the fullest extent, and is confident the decision will be reversed.

"This court has done a great injustice to the employees and shareholders of Morgan Stanley. We will fight to have this decision overturned and we fully expect to prevail," said Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer Philip J. Purcell. "Morgan Stanley is financially strong and this latest development, while disappointing, will not impede our ability to serve our clients and grow our business."

A Morgan Stanley statement continued:

    "This damages award is legally deficient and a by-product of the unprecedented and highly prejudicial rulings imposed by the judge throughout the trial. Morgan Stanley was not permitted to defend itself on the merits in either the compensatory damages or the punitive damages phases of the trial and, consequently, was denied a fair hearing."

    "Morgan Stanley requested a full and fair hearing in the punitive phase so the jury, for the first time, could hear all the facts, but the trial judge denied that request. As a result, the jury never heard the actual facts. Far from being part of the Sunbeam fraud, Morgan Stanley was a victim of that fraud, losing $300 million when Sunbeam collapsed, one of the many facts that the jury was not allowed to hear."

Among the large number of possible appeal issues Morgan Stanley intends to address are: the imposition of grossly disproportionate sanctions for discovery problems, which deprived Morgan Stanley of the basic right to defend itself; an erroneous instruction to the jury, which allowed CPH to recover "damages" unrelated to the Sunbeam fraud and without proving "justifiable reliance" under Florida law; the court's refusal to apply New York law, with its higher requirement for due diligence, despite all parties and events being in New York; a refusal to grant a mistrial upon evidence of jury tampering and despite both parties having agreed to such a mistrial; and repeated evidence of judicial bias throughout the proceedings.

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