Congratulations to David and Cris Feldman who, along with Kirk Pittard, successfully convinced the trial court to partially lift a temporary restraining order that had been in place prohibiting the release of any benefits to retired police officers and firefighters from the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Today’s ruling paves the way for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund Board to reinstate the payment of the monthly retirement installment benefits upon which many of these retired officers and firefighters rely. Fox 4’s Diana Zoga covered the ruling and interviewed Kirk about the case. You can see her story here.
Baylor law student Cassie Hansen is the winner of Baylor Law School’s first Ultimate Legal Writing Competition! Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP is proud to be a sponsor of this writing program, and congratulates Cassie for winning the contest. KD&P also congratulates the second and third place finishers, Jamie Oberg, a third-year law student, and Ashlie Morgan, a recent graduate, for their excellent legal writing skills. You can read about the contest, and see pictures of the award ceremony, here.
Congratulations to Dean Boyd and Jamie Kroon of the Attorney Dean Boyd firm, and Leighton Durham of Kelly, Durham & Pittard on an $8.9M verdict in Dallas County following the bench trial of a case in which the plaintiff, Bobby Tunnell, suffered massive injuries when the car in which he was a passenger hit the defendant’s cow, rolled 8 times and eventually exploded. If not for the heroic efforts of his son pulling him from the burning truck, Mr. Tunnell would have died.
This is the “cow in the road medical malpractice case”—a case in which the owner of the cow, who made no real effort to fence his cattle, happened to be a former doctor who claimed that he should be protected by Texas’ medical malpractice statute. After the defendant’s effort to dismiss the case was rejected by the trial court and the court of appeals, and the defendant and his lawyers’ sanctioned, the case finally proceeded to trial and verdict in Judge Tobolowsky’s court. You can see more about the case here. Congratulations to all of those involved!
When Mayor Mike Rawlings filed suit today, seeking to halt retirees’ withdrawal of funds from the Dallas Police & Fire Pension Fund, NBC Ch. 5 and CBS Ch. 11 discussed the issue with Kirk. You can see the NBC story here, and the CBS story here.