Minnesota lawyer at center of $2B Starbucks lawsuit

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Well-known Minnesota lawyer Mike Ciresi has come out on the winning end of another mega-judgment.

Ciresi, of the Minneapolis law firm Robins Miller Kaplan & Ciresi, represented Kraft in a dispute with Starbucks, in which an arbitrator has ordered Starbucks to pay $2.76 billion.

“This is an enormous result for the client that completely validates their position,” Ciresi told the Star Tribune.

The two companies had been engaged in a fight that percolated for three years, after Starbucks scuttled Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery chains, the Associated Press reported. Now Starbucks is on the hook to serve up $2.23 billion in damages – and $527 million in lawyer fees, the AP reports.

Ciresi has won some big cases before. Among the most high-profile was a case in which Ciresi represented the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in a landmark $6 billion settlement against the tobacco industry.

Ciresi also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in the 2000 and 2008 races.

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