In re AT&T, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation
Represented the directors of AT&T, Inc. in a shareholder derivative lawsuit filed in Dallas County Court at Law, asserting breaches of fiduciary duty under Delaware law. Obtained dismissal of petition for failure by plaintiff to adequately plead futility of a pre-suit demand to the board.
Argo Data Res. Corp. v. Shagrithaya, 380 S.W.3d 249 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 29, 2012, pet. filed)
Obtained reversal and rendition of take-nothing judgment in favor of corporate client on appeal of alleged shareholder oppression claim in which trial court had ordered that corporation be caused to issue an $85 million dividend.
Rouse v. Texas Capital Bank, N.A., 394 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.—Dallas, no pet.)
Obtained $7 million summary judgment for client bank on guaranty claim.
Anland North, L.P., Anland North Commercial, L.P., Anland 10, L.P., and Anland South, L.P. v. Center Operating Company; No. 05-12-00128-CV, 2012 WL 2045371 (Tex. App.—Dallas, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Reversed temporary injunction on ground that agreements concerning parking lot rights were not enforceable as a matter of law, after court of appeals' ruling, opponent dismissed its suit.
i2 Technologies, Inc. v. Dillards, Cause No. 05-10-01645-CV, 2011 WL 6250787 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Dec. 14, 2011, no pet.) (mem.op.)
After opening appellate briefs were filed, obtained a settlement of a commercial dispute in which the opposing party agreed to accept almost $200 million less than its judgment.
In the Matter of Asarco L.L.C., 401 Fed. App'x 914 (5th Cir. 2010)
Persuaded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the appeal of a $3.6 billion bankruptcy plan of reorganization, which was challenged by a competing bidder and the company's union.
Amber Wilson v. Baylor Medical Center Irving, et al, No. 08-12603 (162nd Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tex.)
Obtained dismissal of medical malpractice claims against Baylor Medical Center at Irving on the basis of immunity conferred by new Texas Health & Safety Code provisions. Secured dismissal of all claims against hospital on the basis of lack of actual notice and no waiver of immunity by use of tangible personal property under the Texas Tort Claims Act, and dismissal of hospital employees on the basis of the Act's “election of remedies” provision.
Max Duncan Family Investments, Ltd. v. NTFN Inc., 267 S.W.3d 447 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2008, pet. denied)
In a case involving a real estate lien against company property, successfully defended a summary judgment on appeal and obtained a full award of attorneys’ fees.
Duncan v. NTFN Inc. and Morningside Property Co., No. 05-07-00430-CV (Tex. App. - Dallas Aug. 26, 2008, no pet. h.)
Won a complete victory for its clients, NTFN Inc. and Morningside Property Company, in an appeal of a summary judgment involving a real estate lien against company property. The Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment in our clients' favor and held that they were entitled to the full amount of their attorneys' fees.
Thomas Michael Wilson v. Baylor Health Care System, et al, No. 07-01018-E (101st Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tex.)
Obtained dismissal of medical malpractice claims against Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Medical Center at Irving on the basis of immunity conferred by new Texas Health & Safety Code provisions, and asserted “election of remedies” defenses under the Texas Tort Claims Act on behalf of hospital employees, leading to their dismissal.
In re Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., No. 08-0289 (Tex. May 13, 2008)
Obtained a favorable settlement after persuading the Texas Supreme Court to grant oral argument in this mandamus proceeding involving the application of a forum selection clause to a nonsignatory under the direct benefits estoppel doctrine.
Blockbuster Inc. v. C-Span Entertainment, Inc., 276 S.W.3d 482 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2008, pet. granted, judgm't vacated w.r.m.)
In a suit brought by a franchisee, obtained reversal of an adverse $8.5 million judgment and secured an award of $2.5 million for attorneys’ fees and costs.
Kent v. Baylor Medical Center Irving, No. 04-08723-D (95th Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tex.)
Represented a health care client asserting Texas Tort Claims Act defenses and defended against constitutional challenges to statutes designating the client as a governmental unit.
Hollar v. Brackenridge Hospital, No. GN502643 (200th Dist. Ct., Travis County, Tex.)
As lead appellate counsel, led the trial team’s efforts that resulted in the pre-trial dismissal of medical malpractice claims against a health care provider on the basis of governmental immunity conferred by new Texas Health & Safety Code provisions, and successfully defended against a constitutional challenge to statutory immunity provisions.
Neeley v. West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District, 176 S.W.3d 746 (Tex. 2005)
Persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to strike down the Texas public school finance system on constitutional grounds; this decision was the culmination of a four- and-a-half year effort, including a previous successful appeal to the Texas Supreme Court and a successful five-week bench trial.
United States ex rel. Williams v. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., 417 F.3d 450 (5th Cir. 2005)
Obtained a judgment affirming the dismissal of qui tam action under the False Claims Act.
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. v. City of Houston, 171 S.W.3d 240 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
Obtained reversal of a judgment denying a railroad's right to condemn property for a proposed rail line, resulting in rendition of a judgment confirming the railroad's right to condemn under the doctrine of federal preemption.
In re C-Span Entertainment, Inc., 162 S.W.3d 422 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2005, orig. proceeding)
Upheld a contractual jury waiver provision in mandamus proceedings.
Tenet Healthcare Corp. v. Texas Health Choice, No. 3:02-CV-1940-N (N.D. Tex. 2003); No. 03-10545 (5th Cir. 2004)
Successfully represented a health care client in the Fifth Circuit in a case that involved a question of first impression: whether the Medicare Act and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act preempt a state court lawsuit concerning insurance reimbursement contracts between private parties, warranting removal to federal court.
Texas First National Bank v. Wu, 347 F. Supp. 2d 389 (S.D. Tex. 2004)
Obtained remand from federal district court to state court in a case involving a dispute by bank officers over control of the bank.
Millichamp v. Baylor Univ. Med. Center, No. 01-01793-E (101st Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tex.)
Persuaded the trial court to set aside a $7.5 million punitive damages award in a case that involved complex jury charge issues including the submission of settling co-defendants and complex judgment formation issues involving settlement credits.
Greenpeace, Inc. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 133 S.W.3d 804 (Tex. App. —Dallas 2004, pet. denied)
Upheld a nationwide temporary injunction preventing illegal and tortious conduct by Greenpeace against ExxonMobil facilities following an unlawful entry by Greenpeace activists at ExxonMobil headquarters.
CIGNA Healthcare of Texas, Inc. v. Pybas, 127 S.W.3d 400 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2004, no pet.)
Successfully defended on appeal a $13 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case.
Kondos v. Lincoln Property Co., 110 S.W.3d 716 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2003, no pet.)
In a case of first impression under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, obtained reversal of an order certifying a class of more than 60,000 members who alleged “junk faxing” by a company that owns apartment complexes.
Anderson v. Siemens Corp., 335 F.3d 466 (5th Cir. 2003)
Obtained a reversal of a $7.5 million judgment in a products liability case.
Bolle, Inc. v. American Greetings Corp., 109 S.W.3d 827 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2003, pet. denied)
Successfully defended a judgment setting aside an agreement on the basis of mutual mistake, in a case challenging the application of a contractual release given in one case to unrelated litigation pending in another state.
West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District v. Alanis, 107 S.W.3d 558 (Tex. 2003)
Obtained a ruling reinstating a constitutional challenge to Texas’ public school finance system, following the lower courts’ dismissal of the case on ripeness grounds.
Panda Energy Corp. v. Allstate Insurance Co., 91 S.W.3d 29 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2002, pet. dism’d by agr.)
In an opinion that created new law with respect to anti-suit injunctions, obtained reversal of an anti-suit injunction that prevented an energy company from enforcing a $450 million judgment it won in another Texas court.
In re Pepsico, Inc., 87 S.W.3d 787 (Tex. App. - Texarkana 2002, orig. proceeding)
Obtained a conditional writ of mandamus ordering a trial court to reinstate a motion to transfer venue.
In the Matter of Liljeberg Enterprises, Inc., 304 F.3d 410 (5th Cir. 2002)
Obtained reversal of a $12 million award in a contract dispute involving severability and cross-default issues implicating the power to assume an executory contract.
Exxon Corp. v. Breezevale Ltd., 82 S.W.3d 429 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2002, pet. denied)
Obtained reversal of a $34.3 million judgment based on a jury verdict against an oil company in a suit involving a claimed oral agreement that was held to be barred by the statute of frauds.
McCutchin v. Addison Texas Tumbleweed, Inc., No. 05-98-01918-CV, 2001 WL 910940 (Tex. App. - Dallas Aug. 13, 2001, pet. denied) (mem. op.)
Obtained reversal of an adverse $1.2 million judgment in a wrongful eviction case and obtained a $100,000 judgment in favor of our client.
George Grubbs Enters. v. Bien, 900 S.W.2d 337 (Tex. 1995)
Obtained reversal of a $5.8 million judgment in a case involving an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim against an automobile dealer based on a faulty jury instruction in the exemplary damage question; the case made clear that exemplary damages cannot be awarded against one defendant according to the wealth of a separate entity based upon deficient corporate disregard instructions.
Southwest-Tex Leasing Co. v. Denise, No. 11-99-00127-CV, 2000 WL 34235126 (Tex. App. - Eastland 2000, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Reversed a jury verdict on claims of negligence and gross negligence arising from an automobile accident.
Texas Farmers Insurance Co. v. Cameron, 24 S.W.3d 386 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2007, pet. denied)
Upheld on appeal a multi-million jury verdict based on claims of bad faith and insurance code violations.
Soliman v. American Airlines, Inc., No. 94 08428 C, (68th Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tex.)
Persuaded the trial court to grant a $10 million remittitur from a $28 million verdict, after which the case settled.
Debt Restructure and Collections
Represented Southwest Savings Association, Bonnet Resources, Amresco, and Sunbelt Savings Association in connection with the collection of hundreds of loans including, real property foreclosures, personal property foreclosures, litigation, demands for payment, restructurings, and bankruptcies. These loans covered all industries and involved many novel factual and legal issues.
Panda Energy Corp. v. Heard Energy Corp., No. 05-96-01301-CV, 1998 WL 549032 (Tex. App. - Dallas Aug. 31, 1998, pet denied) (mem. op.)
Won reversal of a summary judgment disposing of a power plant developer’s claims against former affiliates for misappropriation of corporate opportunities.
National Medical Enterprises, Inc. v. Godbey, 924 S.W.2d 123 (Tex. 1996, orig. proceeding)
Obtained a writ of mandamus from the Texas Supreme Court disqualifying opposing counsel in a case against a hospital corporation and a former hospital administrator.
Federal Savings & Loan Insurance Corp. v. T.F. Stone-Liberty Land Associates, 787 S.W.2d 475 (Tex. App. -Dallas 1990, writ dism'd by agr.)
Won reversal of an $80 million judgment in a lawsuit against a savings institution and its wholly-owned service corporation for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, usury, punitive damages and attorneys' fees.
City of Dallas v. Continental Airlines, Inc., 735 S.W.2d 496 (Tex. App. - Dallas 1987, writ denied)
Obtained summary judgment entitling Continental Airlines to fly out of Dallas Love Field and successfully defended that judgment on appeal.
Zuffa, LLC v. HDNet MMA 2008 LLC, 262 S.W.3d 446 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2008, orig. proceeding)
Persuaded the Dallas Court of Appeals to grant mandamus relief directing the trial court to stay litigation pending the outcome of Nevada arbitration proceedings between The Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts fight promoter and fighter Randy Couture.
Doe v. Brookhaven Country Club, No. 04-10591-D (95th Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tex.)
Argued a jury charge involving issues of negligence and punitive damages, resulting in a favorable take-nothing judgment.