Philippine multinational ICTSI said March 20 it won’t accept a judge’s ruling that ILWU must pay it $19.1 million in economic damages, arguing that’s too small.
In November, a jury directed ILWU to pay $93.6 million to ICTSI for the economic harm caused by a sustained dockworker slowdown at Port of Portland Terminal 6. But on March 5, the federal judge in the case determined that the $93.6 million figure was based on flawed assumptions, and ruled that $19.1 million was the maximum amount sustainable by the proof. Judge Michael Simon gave ICTSI the option to reject that and seek a new trial that would focus only on deciding the right amount of damages, not whether ILWU was at fault.
The worker slowdown was found to be illegal under the anti-union 1947 Taft-Hartley law because it was intended to put pressure a separate employer, the Port of Portland. ILWU wanted the Port to assign jobs plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers to ILWU members. No date has been set yet for the new trial.