Our Dallas Office

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 224626
Dallas, Texas 75222

Physical address:
2223 W Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75208

214.946.8000 phone
214.946.8433 fax

Our Santa Fe Office

505 Cerrillos Road, Suite A209
Santa Fe, NM 87501

505.986.0600 phone
505.986.0632 fax

Our Houston Office

2000 West Loop South, Suite 2200
Houston, Texas 77027

713.401.9901 phone
214.946.8433 fax

Caren Friedman and Phil Kovnat win big in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas!

Congratulations to Santa Fe attorneys, Caren Friedman and Phil Kovnat, who, along with Dallas trial counsel C. Kyle Pugh and appellate counsel Jeffrey Levinger, successfully convinced U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas to deny a Motion for New Trial, for Remittitur, or to Alter or Amend the Judgment filed by the United States of America in a Federal Tort Claims Act case. Following a bench trial involving a collision between a United States Postal Service truck and a motor vehicle operated by Michael Le, which rendered Mr. Le a quadriplegic, Judge O’Connor awarded Plaintiffs over $26 million in damages, including damages for past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, and loss of consortium. The Government sought to dramatically reduce the judgment by invoking the Fifth Circuit’s “Maximum Recovery Rule.” Judge O’Connor agreed with Plaintiffs, however, that the Maximum Recovery Rule either was inoperative, or that the Court’s award was a reasonable departure from the rule, given the unique nature of Mr. Le’s injuries. Denying the Government’s motion in its entirety, Judge O’Connor repeatedly rejected the Government’s efforts to “dress up” other cases as factually similar and its attempts to “retry or minimize” the damages.  You can read the Memorandum Opinion and Order here and a Law360 article about the case here.

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