Results

  • No. 109-08-0809, Gulf Energy Exploration Corp. v. Railroad Commission of Texas and Superior Energy Services L.L.C., in the 135th District Court of Calhoun County, Texas. Represented the plaintiff, an oil and gas exploration and production firm, on breach of contract, negligence, and gross negligence claims related to the wrongful plugging and abandonment of an orphaned offshore gas well. The case was tried to a jury for ten days and resulted in a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff on all issues for $8.2 million. Opposing counsel was the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and Crady Jewett & McCulley LLP.
  • No. 2007-38989, Associated Construction Company WLL v. KBR, Inc. et al, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas 281st Judicial District. Represented the plaintiff, a Kuwaiti engineering and construction firm, on a breach of contract claim related to a subcontract to supply containerized housing units to support US Army personnel involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The case was tried to a jury for eight days and resulted in a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff on all issues for just under $40 million. The trial court disregarded a portion of the jury’s answers on damages and entered Final Judgment for just over $27.5 million. Opposing counsel was Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP.
  • No. 2001-12081, In re Rathborne Properties, LLC, et al, in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. Together with co-counsel from New Orleans, represented New Orleans land-owner as plaintiff against over fifty defendants, including essentially all of the major oil companies in the United States, for allegedly contaminating over 70 acres of land adjacent to the Harvey Canal with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (“NORM”). Damages were claimed in excess of one hundred million dollars. After seven years of litigation, punctuated by delays from Hurricane Katrina, significant confidential settlements were eventually reached with all defendants. Among other consideration, provisions were made for full remediation of the affected property. Opposing counsel included almost all of the recognizable law firms in New Orleans.
  • Cause No. 467704-A; Larry F. Robb, Individually and in behalf of a Class of Minority Shareholders of 3CI Complete Compliance Corp., et al vs. Stericycle, Inc., et al, in the First Judicial District Court of Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Represented a class of minority shareholders in a medical waste management company against the majority parent alleging several theories of action that primarily included minority shareholder oppression. Personally deposed the defendants’ board of directors, which included individuals from noted investment firms such as Bain Capital. The case settled for $32,500,000 in cash. Wynne & Wynne LLP was awarded a fee of $10,833,333.00 and reimbursement of its several hundred thousand dollars in expenses. The defendants were represented by Kirkland & Ellis from Chicago and by a local firm in Shreveport.
  • Speedy Stop Foot Stores, LLC et al., v. Visa, Inc. et al.  Counsel for Plaintiffs in antitrust suit regarding supracompetitive interchange fees.  Asserted damages of $40,000,000 before trebling.  Filed suit in Texas state court, secured remand, and established antitrust standing on a summary judgment basis.  Won essentially every ruling presented to the court.  Plaintiffs obtained successful confidential recovery.
  • Cause No. 2000-34687; Buffalo/Alabama Apartments, Ltd., et al vs Shepard Crane and Associates, Inc, et al; In the 269th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Counsel for Plaintiffs in suit regarding faulty construction of a parking garage at The Finger Apartments at River Oaks. Dispute was arbitrated, and Plaintiff recovered an award exceeding $4.5 million following a multi-day arbitration.
  • Cause No. 2011-22431; Sofka, et al. v. Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc., et al.; In the 270 th District Court of Harris County, Texas; Represented Defendants The Finger Companies and its president against allegations of fraud and conspiracy related to the marketing of a tract of real estate. Following a series of strategic depositions, these defendants were non-suited without paying any damages. Plaintiffs were represented by Rusty Hardin & Associates.
  • Civil Action No. 98-4897, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation v. ExxonMobil Corporation, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; No. 02-2130 ExxonMobil Corporation, Exxon Chemical Arabia Inc., and Mobil Yanbu Petrochemical Company Inc. v. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; C. A. No. 04-4900, ExxonMobil Corporation v. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; No. 05-155, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation v. Mobil Yanbu Petrochemical Company, Inc. and Exxon Chemical Arabia, Inc., in the Supreme Court of the United States. As part of a team of lawyers, represented Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (“SABIC”), Saudi Arabia’s partially Kingdom-owned major petrochemical producer operating downstream from Saudi Aramco, in a series of lawsuits involving disputes with SABIC’s primary joint venture partner, ExxonMobil, over patent and trade secret rights to catalyst technology and financial accounting for their joint ventures’ distributions. The team of which the Firm was a part replaced former counsel under whose representation SABIC had suffered a disastrous adverse judgment in Delaware state court and was in precarious positions in related federal court litigation in New Jersey. These complex matters were ultimately resolved through a confidential settlement. Primary opposing counsel was Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
  • Cause No. 2009-73292; Jorge Gonzalez vs. [Lawyers and law firm]; In the 190th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas Represented Plaintiff on multi-million dollar claims of alleged legal malpractice for Defendants alleged failure to identify and timely pursue products liability claims arising out of an automobile collision involving a vehicle rollover. Confidential settlements reached in part through mediation. Defendants counsel were, respectively, Cruse, Scott, Henderson & Allen, LLP and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP.
  • Cause No. 2010-02015; Lucy Lee Hale and Carey Keene West III, Trustee vs. Merrill Lynch Trust Company of Texas, ML Life Agency, Inc. and Richard Wuensch; in the 55th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas Represented Plaintiffs on multi-million dollar claims against the Merrill Lynch defendants arising out of estate planning advice and related trust and insurance structuring and against lawyer and law firm on claims of legal malpractice. Confidential settlement reached in mediation. Merrill Lynch Defendants were represented by Hunton & Williams LLP. Lawyer defendants were represented by Henslee Schwartz, LLP.
  • No. 2008-20482, Carol Brymm v. Clint Johnson, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas, 125th Judicial District. Represented defendant and counter-claimant in suit over the dissolution of a lawyer placement firm. At issue were the viability of a signed Dissolution Agreement and entitlement to future fees from placements of lawyers. Mediation led to an agreement to arbitrate the issues in dispute, and the matter was arbitrated before Judge Alvin Zimmerman. The arbitration ruling found substantially for the defendant and counter-claimant regarding both of the major issues. Opposing counsel was first Patterson ✯ Young LLP and later (for the arbitration hearing) Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend.
  • Represented Shearson Lehman Bros. in action brought against it in federal court in Dallas by the FDIC, arising out of the failure of Guardian Savings & Loan Association. Resulted in confidential settlement. The FDIC was represented primarily by Washington, D.C. counsel.
  • Represented Citibank in lender liability action brought against it in state court in Dallas by major borrower. Resulted in substantial recovery by Citibank. The borrower was represented by Figari & Davenport.
  • Represented Citibank in lender liability actions brought against it and other banks in federal court and bankruptcy court in Dallas by the Hunt Brothers, Placid Oil Company and Penrod Drilling Company. Resulted in nine figure recovery by Citibank. The Hunt Brothers and their entities were represented by Susman & Godfrey.
  • Civil Action No. 4:08-cv-02759; Universal Casualty Company v. Gilbert Plumbing, Inc., et al.; In the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas. Represented plumbing company in an insurance coverage dispute. Insurance company filed a declaratory judgment action against plumbing company disputing coverage, and Gilbert Plumbing filed counterclaims for bad faith, deceptive insurance practices, breach of contract, and late payment of claims. Gilbert Plumbing also sued an independent adjustment company and successfully responded to its multiple motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim. Resulted in a favorable settlement with the insurer for approximately $380,000.00 and a favorable confidential settlement with the adjustment company. Opposing counsel was Savrick, Schumann, Johnson, McGarr, Kaminski & Shirley, L.L.P. and Chambers, Templeton, Cashiola & Thomas, L.L.P.
  • Cause No. 2008-31362; Manox Integrated, Ltd. vs Patrick Elliot, Larry Elliot, American Energy Services, Inc. and International Energy Services; In the 55th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Served as lead counsel for the Plaintiff, an international procurement firm, specializing in energy services. Suit involved breaches of two contracts and lost profits resulting from the breaches resulting in damages of approximately $375,000. A favorable settlement was reached with the defendants within 60 days of filing suit. Opposing counsel was Fuqua & Keim, LLP.
  • FINRA Arbitration No. 09-00841; Dayal Biswas v. WaMu Investments, Inc. Served as lead counsel against Washington Mutual brokerage house for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, Texas Securities Act violations, and alleged violation of securities rules on suitability, knowing the customer, and failure to supervise related to selling unauthorized, fraudulent viatical settlements. Suit against WaMu Investments, Inc. was submitted for arbitration through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Successfully briefed and argued motions to compel discovery, and the suit resulted in a confidential settlement during mediation. Opposing counsel was Jackson Walker LLP from Dallas.
  • FINRA Arbitration; Bakht v UBS Financial Services, Inc. Represented customer against UBS brokerage firm in suit for negligence, DTPA violations, and violation of the NASD Know Your Customer Rule. Prepared detailed demand letter and statement of claim. Resulted in immediate confidential settlement and litigation was avoided.
  • Cause No. 2007-22059; Jon Snowgren vs Thomas G. Harris, Murray Grigg, Prentis B. Tomlinson, Jr., Kerogen Resources, Inc.; In the 125th Judicial District court of Harris County, Texas. Served as counsel for the Plaintiff, a co-founder and business development manager at an oil and gas start-up, funded by Goldman Sachs & Co. and Silver Point Capital L.P. Suit involved claims of quantum meruit and fraud related to a partnership dispute. Deposed corporate representatives, deposed numerous third party fact witnesses, prepared and conducted expert depositions, and successfully responded to five separate motions for summary judgment. The case settled favorably the week before trial. Opposing counsel was Beck, Redden & Secrest LLP and Campbell, Harrison & Dagley LLP.
  • Cause No. 2006-78799; Gilbert Plumbing Company, Inc. vs Fannin Rusk Associates, LP and Swinerton Builders; In the District Court of Harris County, Texas; 215th Judicial District. Served as lead counsel for Plaintiff, a plumbing subcontractor that renovated the former Texas State Hotel. Subcontract was for nearly $2 million and damages exceeded $600,000. Plaintiff reached a substantial confidential settlement with the defendants. Opposing counsel was Curry, McSwain & McKendrick, P.C.
  • Cause No. CV01432; Eastex Crude Company vs. Joe Grizzle, Elizabeth Edith Ramsey, Buck Bryan Ramsey and Optimal Utilities, Inc.; In the 6th Judicial District Court of Red River County, Texas; Cause No. CV01436; Eastex Crude Company vs. Joe Grizzle, et al; In the 6th Judicial District Court of Red River County, Texas; Case No. CV00756; Joe Grizzle vs Elizabeth Edith Ramsey and Buck Ramsey; In the 102nd Judicial District Court of Red River County, Texas. Lead counsel for oil and gas company, Optimal Utilities, Inc., in suits regarding ownership and termination of various oil and gas leases, operations, and production. Successfully briefed, argued, and obtained reversal by the 6th Court of Appeals of trial court ruling on all monetary damages awarded.
  • NASD Arbitration Case No. 03-07075; Mohammad Athari, M.D., Individually, and as Custodian of the Accounts of his Children vs. UBS Financial Services Inc., Ahmad Fakhr and Ali M. Fahr. Represented the Claimant against brokerage house and individual brokers for alleged violation of rules on suitability and knowing the customer. Resulted in confidential recovery in mediation. Defendants were represented by Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack L.L.P.
  • Cause No. 2004-55547; Texas First National Bank and Henry Wu v. Kenneth Wu, et al.; In the 129th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas – consolidated with – Cause No. 2004-65604; Henry Wu vs Carol Chiu, et al, In the 129th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas. Defended minority owners and directors of the Bank against claims by the Bank and its Chairman of wrongful takeover attempts, fraud, breach of contract, violations of the Change in Bank Control Act and an assortment of other theories. The cases were first removed to federal court where the federal claims were dismissed. The remaining state law claims were remanded to state court. The plaintiffs’ application for temporary injunction was tried for a total of six days and was denied. The Bank’s pleadings were stricken. The Chairman then non-suited his individual claims. Opposing counsel included John O’Quinn and Haynes and Boone LLP.
  • Cause No. 88-41202; Larry I. Fradkin, individually and on behalf of DLS Enterprises, Inc. vs. Jerold B. Katz, GC Services Limited Partnership, GC Financial Corp., and DLS Enterprises, Inc.; In the 333rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented plaintiff minority stockholder in multi-million dollar claim against majority owner for stockholder oppression. Resulted in confidential recovery. Defendants were represented first by Fulbright & Jaworski and later by Richard B. Miller.
  • C.A. No. H-91-0977; Dennis L. Shepherd vs. Yoneki Valve Co., Ltd. and Hiruta Co., Ltd., In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – Defended Japanese manufacturer and distributor against U.S. licensee’s claim for breach of contract. Resulted in take nothing judgment against the plaintiff. Plaintiff was represented by Bonham, Carrington & Fox.
  • C.A. No. 91-6311; Arriba, Limited, Bahamian Corp. vs. Petroleos Mexicanos; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Defended Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, in a several hundred million dollar suit by alleged joint venturer with the labor union of Pemex’s workers. Resulted in the plaintiffs’ claims being dismissed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Plaintiff was represented by Susman & Godfrey and by John O’Quinn.
  • Cause No. 92-018474; DCV, Inc. vs. Humble National Bank and Bayshore National Bank; In the 190th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented bank customer in suit for bank breach of duty in allowing an employee of plaintiff to convert plaintiff’s checks to cashier’s checks for his own benefit. Tried to a jury. Six figure judgment affirmed on appeal. Bank was represented by Andrews & Kurth.
  • Cause No. 92-11628-B; AMR Information Services, Inc. vs. Marriott Information Services, Inc., Hilton RPS, Inc., and Brac RPS, Inc.; In the 44th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas – Represented Marriott Corporation in suit over dissolution of joint venture with reservations unit of AMR Corporation (parent of American Airlines). Resulted in confidential settlement. AMR Corporation was represented by Fulbright & Jaworski.
  • Cause No. 92-23904; Rathborne Properties, Inc., Caroline K. Walton, the J. Hunter Walton Trust (1979), Robert Norton, William A. Settoon, Jr., and John B. Elstrott vs. Enclean, Inc. Malcolm Waddell, and Timothy Tarrillion; In the 55th Judicial Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented plaintiff sellers of private corporation in multi-million dollar claim for securities fraud against purchasing public company and its management team . Resulted in confidential recovery in mediation. Defendants were represented by Gibbs & Bruns.
  • C.A. No. H-92-546; Apex Municipal Fund, Inc. vs. N-Group Securities, Inc., et al; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – Represented T. Rowe Price as one of several plaintiffs (the others of whom were represented by other counsel) against several defendants for securities fraud in connection with a private placement of debentures. Tried to a jury for approximately two weeks. T. Rowe Price recovered a seven figure judgment. Target defendant was represented by Bracewell & Patterson.
  • Cause No. 93-048142; Joel Mandel, Shirley Mandel, Barry Mandel, Cindy Kaplan, Marlene Siegman, C.B.M. Company, and K-M Investments Co. vs. Benson A. Selzer, John A. Selzer, Joseph Eiger, Michael A. Gibbs, Paul T. Hailey, Selzer Group, Inc., Transnational Capital Ventures, Inc., Bill M. Wooten, Bert Delawyer, DRS Industries, Inc., Bastian Holdings, Inc., Kabushi Investments, Ltd., Jungfrau Trust, and David Moorhouse; In the 295th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented plaintiff sellers of private corporation against private buyers in multi-million dollar claim for fraud. Resulted in confidential recovery in mediation. Defendants were represented by Vinson & Elkins.
  • Cause No. 93-060958; Ramex Construction Co., Inc. vs. City of Houston, Texas; In the 333rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas — Defended 3D/International, a designer/architect of the elevated ramp works at Hobby Airport in Houston, against claims of defective workmanship. Resulted in exonerating settlement.
  • Cause No. 93-64427; 50299, Inc., M. Kay Crouch, Robert R. Simpson, Gerald E. Crouch, Lee Austin Fitzgerald and John D. Coffman vs. Ogden Corporation, et al; In the 113th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented promoter and former joint venturer with Ogden Corporation over failed development of a hazardous waste incineration facility on the Houston Ship Channel. Resulted in a confidential recovery. Defendants were represented by Ft. Worth firm and Vinson & Elkins.
  • Cause No. 94-022559; The Red Lion, Inc. George Crowder, and Melba Crowder vs. National Commerce Bank and Robert Combs; In the 152nd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented well-known Houston restaurant and its owners in lender liability action against their principal bank lender. Resulted in confidential recovery in mediation. Bank was represented by Winstead, Maguire, Sechrest & Minick.
  • Cause No 94-028141; Calvin, Gibbs & Verner vs. Dennis M. Dylewski John T. Johnson, and Johnson & Dylewski, A Professional Corporation; In the 113th District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented law firm in suit against former partners for recovery of interests in contingent fee cases. Resulted in a confidential recovery.
  • Case No. H-94-1258; Agar Corp. Inc. vs. Galram Technology Industries, Ltd.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division — Represented plaintiff in declaratory judgment action against an Israeli Government owned commercial entity established to exploit the technology of Rafael, the Israeli Government’s Armament Development Authority, involving a joint development agreement. Resulted in an exonerating settlement for Agar. Galram was represented by counsel from Washington, D.C.
  • Cause No. 95-024912; James T. Rash, et al vs. Waste Systems, Inc., et al; In the 269th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented minority stockholder and former president of the defendant against public corporation in multi-million dollar claim for minority stockholder oppression and breach of contract. Resulted in confidential recovery. Defendants were represented at different stages by Fulbright & Jaworski, Susman & Godfrey, and Kirk & Carrigan.
  • Cause No. 95-45514; Environmental Resources Management Southwest, Inc. and Southwest Construction Managers, Inc. vs. Delta Environmental Consultants, Inc.; In the 133rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas — Defended environmental consulting firm against suit brought by a competitor for unfair competition. Resulted in exonerating settlement. Plaintiff was represented by Crain, Caton & James.
  • Cause No. 95-47060; James D. Alexander, Roger Crooks and Bodcan International, Inc. vs. Duferco Energy Group, Inc., et al; In the 127th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas — Defended energy subsidiary of international trading company against claims of purported joint venturers involving a proposed electrical power and water development project in Anguilla. Resulted in a confidential settlement. Plaintiffs were represented by Clements, O’Neill, Pierce & Nickens and Doyle, Restrepo, Harvin & Robbins.
  • C.V. H-95-415; Fugro Environmental, Inc. vs. 3D International, Inc., 3D Environmental, Inc., Norm Environmental Services Company d/b/a 3D/Environmental, Charles B. Thomsen, Charles Franklin Gurney and John H. Murph; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division — Defended 3D/International, Inc., its affiliates and principal officers against claim of copyright infringement. Resulted in an exonerating settlement for the defendants. Fugro was represented by Baker & Botts.
  • C.A. No. 4:95-CV-48; Aerovias de Mexico, S.A., de C.V. d/b/a Aeromexico vs. Gerardo de Prevoisin and GP Investment, Inc., In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. The firm represented the organizer and leader of Aeromexico’s privatization under the Salinas administration, who also served as its chairman and chief executive officer, against RICO and other claims brought against him seeking recovery of over $75 million. Following cross-border discovery, the action was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. The dismissal was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and certiorari was denied by the United States Supreme Court. Opposing counsel was Burt Barr & Associates, L.L.P.
  • C.A. No. H-96-1770; OEDC Exploration & Production, L.P. and CSA Financial Services, Inc. vs. Aquila Energy Corporation f/k/a PSI, Inc. and Utilicorp United, Inc.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – Represented the plaintiff against energy subsidiary of Kansas’ principal utility for misappropriation of oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. Resulted in confidential recovery in mediation. Defendants were represented by Brown, Parker & Leahy.
  • Cause No. 97-07163; Western Atlas International, Inc. vs. TFC Exploration, Inc.; In the 125th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented the plaintiff against Western Atlas in claim for misappropriation of seismic data. Resulted in confidential recovery. Defendants were represented by Susman Godfrey.
  • Cause No. 98-31830; Nationwide Staffing, Inc. vs. Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., Donald, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation, DLJ Capital Corporation and Julie Silcock and Donal Orr; In the 234th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented the plaintiff, a proposed roll-up IPO candidate, on claim against the proposed underwriter for breach of contract and fraud. Resulted in confidential recovery in mediation. Defendants were represented by Jenkens & Gilchrist.
  • Cause No. 98-50965; Fleet National Bank, Trustee, vs. Julie Manning a/k/a Julie Gary, Catherine Gary a/k/a Catherine Garry and Chase Bank of Texas, N.A., successor in interest to Texas Commerce Bank, N.A.; In the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented the plaintiff in suit against Chase Bank involving a bank customer’s conversion of trust proceeds. Resulted in confidential recovery. Chase Bank was represented by in house counsel.
  • C.A. No. H-99-2886; York Agency, Inc. and The York Group, Inc. vs. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – Represented publicly held manufacturer of funeral products and its insurance agency affiliate against joint venture insurance provider on multi million dollar claim for breach of contract and tortious interference. Resulted in confidential recovery.Defendant was represented by Minnesota counsel.
  • Cause No. 2000-02591; Brandon C. Coleman, Jr. vs. Grizzard Advertising Incorporated and Michael D. Dzvonik; In the 269th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – Represented seller of private business in multi-million claim against purchaser for breach of contract and fraud. Resulted in confidential recovery. Defendants were represented by Baker & Botts.
  • Cause No. 2000-08294; SCI Executive Services, Inc. and Service Corporation International vs. Glenn G. McMillen and Jack L. Stoner; In the 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas — Represented two former senior executives of SCI in seven figure claims arising from the terminations of their employments. Resulted in confidential recoveries. The SCI entities were represented by Bracewell & Patterson.
  • Cause No. 273,689-402; Estate of Albert B. Alkek, Deceased / Franklin Alkek, et al vs. Margaret Alkek, et al; In the Probate Court Number One of Harris County, Texas — Represented decedent’s son in multi-million dollar claim for deprivation of inheritance expectation against other beneficiaries and estate representatives. Resulted in confidential recovery. Defendants were represented by Andrews & Kurth and Woodard, Hall & Primm.
  • Cause No. 14-98-01274-CV; Anderson Greenwood & Co. vs. Warner G. Martin, et al; In the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas — Defended several family owned businesses and family members against a multi-million dollar claim for alleged fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and multiple other claims. Tried to a jury for approximately eight weeks. The verdict and judgment exonerated the defendants and awarded the defendants a six figure recovery on their counterclaim against the plaintiffs. Affirmed on appeal. Writ denied by the Texas Supreme Court. Judgment in favor of clients was paid in full. Plaintiffs were represented by Locke, Liddell & Sapp.
  • Cause No. 2000-34687, Buffalo/Alabama Apartments, Ltd. and Femco, Inc. d/b/a The Finger Companies v. Shepard Crane and Associates, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. and Pioneer Concrete of Texas, Inc. In the District Court of Harris County, Texas, 269th Judicial District – Represented owner and developer on claims against design professional, general contractor and concrete supplier on variety of design and construction related claims. Resulted in confidential recovery. Related claim against an insurer is pending.
  • Master File No. H-99-2183, In re Waste Management, Inc., Class Action, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – Defended a former officer of Waste Management, Inc. in class and related securities fraud actions and SEC investigation. Judicial actions resulted in dismissals and settlements with no liability to the client. SEC investigation terminated without action against the client.
  • Civil Action No. H01-0639, Pinnacle Pigging Systems, Inc. and Robert C. Watts v. Eliminator pigging Systems USA, Inc. and Robert Brown, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – Defended manufacturer and owner against patent and trademark infringement claims. Resulted in take nothing summary judgment in favor of clients. Affirmed on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
  • Cause No. 2002-08867 3D/International, Inc. v. The City of Houston, Texas. In the District Court of Harris County, Texas, 61st Judicial District. Represented construction manager for recovery of fees on renovation of downtown office building. Resulted in confidential recovery for client.
  • Represented a major Houston law firm in eight separate cases brought in the aggregate by several hundred investors in a group of entities that the Houston law firm had represented. The claims exceeded $100 million. The Firm successfully moved to consolidate several of the cases administratively and then removed all the cases to federal court where a settlement was achieved without cost to the clients. The firm also represented the law firm in a related declaratory judgment action by which its insurer sought to avoid coverage.

Results

$39.6 Million unanimous jury verdict on behalf of Kuwaiti subcontractor in Assoc. Const. Co.WLL v. KBR, Inc. in a complex contract dispute

$32.5 Million mediated settlement in 3CI, Inc. v. Stericycle, Inc., a minority shareholder class action lawsuit

$8.2 Million unanimous jury verdict on behalf of oil and gas firm against the Railroad Commission of Texas and plugging contractor Superior Energy Services for the wrongful plugging and abandonment of an orphaned offshore gas well

$5 Million arbitration award in Buffalo/Alabama Apartments Ltd. v. Steadfast Ins. Co. professional negligence by engineers

Successful Confidential Recovery Rathborne Properties, LLC, et al v. ExxonMobil Corporation, et al, NORM contamination suit – damages claimed in excess of $100 Million

Hundreds of Millions of dollars collected in confidential settlements and verdicts against some of the largest companies and most prestigious law firms in the country. The Firm has also defended clients against claims for hundreds of millions of dollars in the aggregate.

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