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  • Abel Rodulpho Esquivel, et al. v. Kellogg Brown & Root, ...
    Represented the remaining Defendant in a negligence case involving 245 Mexican Nationals who were on board a pipe-laying barge that sunk off the Yucatan Peninsula in a hurricane. Plaintiffs were represented by John O’Quinn. The case was tried to a jury in a six-week trial. The jury returned a defense verdict.
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  • Amerisource Funding, Inc. v. ConAgra, Inc.
    Represented Plaintiff Amerisource in a breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code action alleging that Trammell Crow knowingly circumvented security interests of our client, a factoring business. The Defendants asserted that the filing was frivolous. The case settled shortly prior to trial for seven figures.
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  • Amerisource Funding, Inc. v. Trammell Crow Corporate ...
    Represented Plaintiff Amerisource in a breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code action alleging that Trammell Crow knowingly circumvented security interests of our client, a factoring business. The Defendants asserted that the filing was frivolous. The case settled shortly prior to trial for seven figures.
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  • Charles Fenner v. American Trading and Production, et. al
    Represented Defendant in a case where Plaintiff claimed that Defendants contaminated his property with hazardous oil and gas related substances while drilling wells on his land. The Plaintiff sought several million dollars in damages. Case was tried to a jury in a 5-week trial. Jury returned a complete defense verdict.
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  • Corenegery, LLC et al v. Devon Energy Production Company, ...
    Represented Plaintiff Corenergy, LLC, a co-owner of an oil & gas prospect, in case against Devon Energy, the other co-owner and operator of the prospect, alleging claims of fraud and breach of contract in connection with the handling of that prospect. After being accused of filing a frivolous suit, we settled the case ...
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  • Cyrus Homes, Inc. v. Michael Christopher
    Represented Defendant in a suit concerning Plaintiff’s construction of Defendant’s $1.6 million house. Plaintiff claimed that it was still owed in excess of $300,000.00 for completion and extras. Defendant claimed that he incurred completion costs when Plaintiff failed to complete. The case was tried to a jury. Jury ...
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  • Daniel J. O'Hare et al. v. Vulcan Capital, LLC et al.; ...
    In February 2010 John Black and his former partner Jean Frizzell obtained a jury verdict in San Antonio federal court holding two individuals (Kevin C. Davis and Ford Graham) personally liable for fraud and statutory fraud for entering into a settlement agreement with no intention of performing. In October 2004, after ...
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  • DMAC Construction v. Surfside Interests, L.L.C.
    Arbitrated construction case arising out of the failure to make payments in connection with client's construction of a $3 million marina in Surfside, Texas. Our client, the general contractor, was owed in excess of $1 million and was forced to litigate the matter against the owner and architect in both arbitration, and ...
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  • Garcia, et al v. AR Floor Designs, Inc.
    The most recent settlement of an overtime lawsuit. Obtained 100 percent of all amounts owed to Plaintiffs for overtime, plus a statutory penalty of an additional 100 percent of that amount, plus attorney’s fees.
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  • Garcia, et al v. AR Floor Designs, Inc.
    The most recent settlement of an overtime lawsuit. Obtained 100 percent of all amounts owed to Plaintiffs for overtime, plus a statutory penalty of an additional 100 percent of that amount, plus attorney’s fees.
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  • Greenfield Energy, Inc. et. al v. EOG Resources, Inc. et. ...
    Handled international oil and gas contract dispute over Trinidadian oil and gas field for Canadian company against group of Trinidadian companies and Houston oil and gas major, with damages estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Clients obtained a confidential settlement from all Defendants, including a ...
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  • H.B. Zachry v. ABB Lummus Global
    Represented Plaintiff H.B. Zachry in dispute concerning construction costs and delay expenses with respect to the building of $700 million ethylene cracking plant. Following two years of litigation, as Plaintiff we achieved a favorable settlement that remains confidential at the Defendant's request.
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  • Huntsman Corporation v. Credit Suisse Securities (USA), ...
    Assisted in the representation of Plaintiff Huntsman against Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank in connection with the failure to fund a $15 billion merger between Huntsman and Hexion, of Columbus, Ohio. The litigation was resolved during trial for a record-setting $1.7 billion of value to our client.
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  • In re Christopher Sean Byrd
    Represented a former Texas state jail inmate on a pro bono basis – Mr. Byrd had been attacked by a guard and was left in a coma for weeks. Without the need of filing suit, we negotiated a settlement approved by the Governor for $1 under the state imposed caps. We refused to take a fee, and successfully negotiated ...
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  • In re Friede Goldman Halter, Inc.
    Represented Barry J. Galt and other former directors of Halter Marine Group in securities fraud matter arising out of the failed merger of Friede Goldman and Halter Marine. Our clients collectively faced potential exposure in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The matter was successfully resolved as part of a ...
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  • Insurance and hail claim litigation
    Handled multiple claims for individuals who had hail or other insurance claims wrongfully denied or underpaid. In most cases, obtained 100 percent of the amounts owed to the policyholders, as well as expenses and attorney’s fees which were paid completely by the insurance company defendants.
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  • Joe Fogarty et al. v. Daniel I. Barness et. al
    Represented the Claimants before the American Arbitration Association. The suit was filed after clients were defrauded at an earlier mediation. After a week-long trial, the Arbitrator found our clients had indeed been defrauded. The award provided client with total relief in the amount of $1.3 million, and the matter ...
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  • Larry Ryan v. Baker Hughes, Inc.
    Represented Defendant in a Jones Act case where Plaintiff sustained a herniated disc while working on Defendant’s ship. Case was tried to a jury. Jury returned a verdict awarding Plaintiff $6,000. The lowest settlement offer prior to that had been $150,000.
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  • Matthew Minnis and Cullen 130 LLC v. Citrin Holdings LLC ...
    After a three-week jury trial, John Black and his former partner Jean Frizzell obtained a unanimous jury verdict in favor of our clients Matthew Minnis and Cullen 130 L.L.C. against Jacob Citrin and Citrin Holdings L.L.C. in a suit involving the breakup of their partnership to develop and own air and sea cargo ...
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  • Matthew Wiggins v. Landry’s Seafood Co., Inc.
    Represented Plaintiff in a case concerning Landry’s failure to build another restaurant along the Kemah Boardwalk, the profits of which Plaintiff would have shared in. After a bench trial on the breach of lease, Landry’s was evicted from the Kemah Boardwalk, and the remainder of the suit settled shortly thereafter in ...
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  • McAlester Fuel Co. v. Smith International, Inc.
    Represented Defendant Smith International in a case where Plaintiff claimed negligent performance of down-hole services on an oil rig that caused a lost well. The case was tried to a jury, which returned a verdict pouring the plaintiff out and awarding Smith approximately $500,000.00 on its counterclaim for its ...
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  • Myers v. Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc.
    Obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement for clients for the defendant’s breach of an employment agreement.
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  • New Century Financial v. Hisaw Construction Co.
    Represented Plaintiff New Century Financial at jury trial in Dallas, Texas in breach of contract case regarding the factoring of certain business invoices. Was hired by co-counsel one week before trial, and after all discovery had been completed. The Jury returned verdict in favor of Plaintiff on all issues and awarded ...
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  • Newfield Exploration v. Texas Iron Works, Inc.
    Represented Plaintiff suing Defendant for negligent performance of down-hole services on an oil rig that caused a lost well. Settled the case for a confidential, but multi-million dollar amount well in excess of what Plaintiff was willing to accept.
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  • North Houston International, L.L.C. v. Paine Webber Real ...
    Represented Defendant Paine Webber in a breach of contract case arising out of a failed commercial real estate loan transaction. Plaintiff alleged damages in the many millions. Obtained a summary judgment on all counts at the trial court level; and later argued the appeal that upheld the ruling in October 2003.
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  • OmniBank v. Texas Truss, Inc., et. al
    Represented Plaintiff in a suit concerning various notes and guarantees signed by Texas Truss and others. Defendants made various lender liability claims. After a bench trial, Plaintiff was awarded a multi-million dollar verdict.
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  • Park Memorial Condo. Assoc. v. Lexington Insurance Co
    Represented Plaintiff in a 10-figure insurance claim for the partial collapse of the Park Memorial Condominiums. Settled very favorably for a confidential amount.
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  • Park Memorial Condominium Association v. Primesite, Inc.
    Obtained a confidential, seven-figure settlement for the homeowners of the Park Memorial Condominiums for their property manager’s alleged failure to adequately maintain the property, which was subsequently condemned.
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  • Rancho del Austin, L.L.P. v. Panahpour
    Represented the general partner responsible for managing a handful of very valuable commercial real estate properties in a lawsuit brought by its limited partner. The suit alleged damages in excess of $20 million. Our client, in turn, asserted its own counterclaims. We successfully defeated the plaintiff's claims on ...
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  • Randall Burroughs, et al. v. Swift Transportation, et. al
    Represented Plaintiff in a wrongful death case against multiple trucking companies for the death of a teenage passenger that occurred during a multi-vehicle pileup during a grass fire in the Amarillo area. Obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement.
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  • Rogelio Casados, et al., v. Port Elevator-Brownsville, L. ...
    Represented Plaintiff in a wrongful death case on behalf of the heirs of a man who died by suffocating under a pile of grain. Obtained a $2.8 million verdict on behalf of the family, the largest verdict ever given in Cameron County in a wrongful death case that did not involve a spouse (the victim was not married).
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  • Sapphire Condominiums v. Various design professionals and ...
    Obtained a confidential multi-million dollar settlement against design professionals for malpractice.
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  • Schlumberger Technology Corporation v. Wood Group ESP, In ...
    Represented Defendant Wood Group ESP in a temporary injunction proceeding before the Honorable Nancy Atlas. Plaintiffs alleged inevitable disclosure of trade secrets. After a four day hearing on the merits in September 2003, following accelerated discovery, the Court ruled in favor of our client on all issues. The case ...
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  • Shor et. al v. The Zephyrus Corporation
    After a three-day jury trial in Corpus Christi, Texas, we obtained a unanimous federal jury verdict in favor of our clients, Toby Shor and the Seashore Investments Management Trust, in a constructive trust suit involving the fraudulent purchase and acquisition of a luxury sport fishing yacht. It took the jury less than ...
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  • SWEP v. ASAP Masonry
    Represented the defendant in a breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit that involved a family's fireplace surround business. After a two-week jury trial, we defeated all of the plaintiff's claims, and obtained a verdict in our client's favor – on several of our affirmative counterclaims – in ...
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  • Toby Shor and Seashore Investments v. PBF Investments, ...
    After a two week arbitration hearing, John Black and his former partners Jean Frizzell and Jeremy Doyle obtained an award in favor of our clients Toby Shor and the Seashore Investments Management Trust against PBF Investments, Inc, Paul Black, and a number of related entities, in a dispute involving jointly-owned oil ...
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  • Trafalgar Holdings, L.P. v. Diamond Shamrock, Inc.
    Represented Plaintiff on a contingent basis in a case concerning the release of gasoline from Defendant’s underground gasoline storage tanks under the property of Plaintiff’s apartment complex. Plaintiff complained that even though the MTBE levels were within those accepted by the TNRCC, it stigmatized Plaintiff’s ...
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  • Twelfth Sight, Ltd. v. Boyd Page & Assoc., et. al
    Represented Plaintiff on a contingent basis in a case concerning Defendants’ breach of fiduciary duty while acting as Plaintiff’s real estate broker. In the course of showing Plaintiff property in downtown Houston for lease, Defendants failed to disclose that the property Plaintiff would lease on Main Street would be ...
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  • Union Oil Company of California v. Osprey Petroleum Compa ...
    Represented Plaintiff Union Oil Company of California in suit against working interest owner involving claims for payment of joint interest billings, and in defense of counterclaims for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties. The client hired our team after another large prominent defense firm had ...
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  • Victor L.X. Hall v. Dioncio M. Castillo, et. al
    Represented a former state jail inmate on a pro bono basis for injuries he sustained while incarcerated. The allegations included violations of his Constitutional rights as well as battery. The jury deliberated nearly six hours before delivering a defense verdict. After trial, Judge Hittner and his staff singled out ...
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  • Willis Group, LLC and Seis-Strat Services, L.L.C. v. ...
    Represented Claimant in arbitration after client had been sued in state court for failure to pay damages that were alleged to be approximately $1 million. The damages arose out of Willis Group's acquisition Seis Strat, and an earn out the seller had negotiated. Willis Group alleged that the company's condition was not ...
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