Nina Cortell in the Texas Lawbook: Dallas Judge Awards ETP $500 Million in Enterprise Partnership Dispute


A Texas judge has awarded Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners nearly a half-a-billion dollars in damages in a dispute with a Houston pipeline company over an attempted partnership that went awry.

State District Judge Emily Tobolowsky notified lawyers for the two oil and gas pipeline conglomerates late Wednesday that she was ordering Enterprise Products Partners to pay ETP about $500 million in damages and interests.

Legal experts say it is the largest civil judgment ever awarded by a Dallas state court judge. Analysts also predict the case will be appealed and will attract strict scrutiny from the Texas Supreme Court because of the size of the judgment and the legal issues in question...

ETP’s appellate counsel, Nina Cortell, a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, told the judge that the jury heard and rejected Enterprise’s arguments because of the “mountains” of documents from both companies showing there was indeed a partnership.

Excerpted from the Texas Lawbook, July 24, 2014. To view full article, click here (subscription required).


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