While working as an attorney in New Mexico, Mr. Lougee represented an individual who owned three trucks used for transporting crude oil. Having entered a contract with five local oil producers for the use of his trucks to haul crude oil from the well head to the refineries, the small business owner depended exclusively on this contract for his livelihood. The oil producers, however, during the period of the contract, discovered a cheaper method of transporting their oil and concocted reasons why Mr. Lougee’s client had breached the contract thereby freeing them to retain a different hauler. Mr. Lougee sued the oil producers who were represented by New Mexico’s largest and most prestigious law firm. Following a jury trial in San Juan County, New Mexico, Mr. Lougee obtained for his client a sum of damages which at the time represented the largest monetary award for breach of contract in that county.