The Tarlton Law Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of Joseph D. Jamail’s legal transcripts from the Pennzoil v. Texaco case. Mr. Jamail represented Pennzoil in its multi-billion dollar claim against Texaco for tortious interference with a contract between the Pennzoil Company and several Getty entities, which included Getty Oil Company, the Sarah C. Getty Trust, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. In December 1983, Pennzoil made an offer to buy a 42% interest in Getty Oil Company at $100 per share. Before an agreement could be signed, Texaco and Getty negotiated the purchase of 100% of Getty Oil Company stock at $125 per share. Pennzoil brought suit in the 151st District Court of Harris County, Texas. In November 1985, a jury awarded Pennzoil $7.53 billion in compensatory damages and $3 billion in punitive damages, which, at the time, was the largest jury verdict in history.
A finding aid for the collection is available through Texas Archival Resources Online at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utlaw/00037/law-00037.html. Researchers interested in the collection may wish to contact the Rare Books and Special Collections staff for more information.
For additional information about Joseph D. Jamail’s recollections on his education at the University of Texas School of Law or his illustrious career in law, Tarlton holds his autobiography, Lawyer: My Trials and Jubilations, as well as an oral history interview given by Mr. Jamail in 2005.