Significant Victories

Benish v. Grottie,  281 S.W.3d 184 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2009, pet. denied)

Benish v. Grottie,  281 S.W.3d 184 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2009, pet. denied) Affirming denial of motion to dismiss based on challenge to an expert report in a medical malpractice case. Also holding that an expert need not opine as to willful and wanton negligence in a chapter 74 report despite argument that case is governed

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Vestal v. Wright, No. 2-08-237-CV, 2009 WL 2751020 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 31, 2009, pet. denied) (mem. op.) 

Vestal v. Wright, No. 2-08-237-CV, 2009 WL 2751020 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 31, 2009, pet. denied) (mem. op.)  Affirming denial of a doctor and his urology group’s motion to dismiss based on a challenge to an expert report in a medical malpractice case. Kirk L. Pittard, Partner

Vestal v. Wright, No. 2-08-237-CV, 2009 WL 2751020 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 31, 2009, pet. denied) (mem. op.)  Read More »

In re Brittingham-Sada, No. 04-09-00488-CV, 2009 WL 2568341 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Aug. 19, 2009, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) 

In re Brittingham-Sada, No. 04-09-00488-CV, 2009 WL 2568341 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Aug. 19, 2009, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)  Defeating attempt to dismiss case on personal and subject-matter jurisdictional grounds.

In re Brittingham-Sada, No. 04-09-00488-CV, 2009 WL 2568341 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Aug. 19, 2009, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)  Read More »

In re Texas Best Staff Leasing, Inc., No. 01-08-00296-CV, 2008 WL 4531028 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 9, 2008, orig. proceeding) 

In re Texas Best Staff Leasing, Inc., No. 01-08-00296-CV, 2008 WL 4531028 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 9, 2008, orig. proceeding)  Successfully defending trial court order denying motion to compel arbitration.

In re Texas Best Staff Leasing, Inc., No. 01-08-00296-CV, 2008 WL 4531028 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 9, 2008, orig. proceeding)  Read More »

Vansteen Marine Supply, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-05-00231-CV, 2008 WL 599850 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Mar 6, 2008, pet. denied) (mem. op.) 

Vansteen Marine Supply, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-05-00231-CV, 2008 WL 599850 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Mar 6, 2008, pet. denied) (mem. op.)  In coverage action, affirming trial court’s judgment that insurer’s duty to defend did not require it to fund prosecution of counterclaim.

Vansteen Marine Supply, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-05-00231-CV, 2008 WL 599850 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Mar 6, 2008, pet. denied) (mem. op.)  Read More »

Williams v. Dallas County, No. 05-06-01142-CV, 2007 WL 3121670 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 26, 2007, no pet.) (mem. op.)

Williams v. Dallas County, No. 05-06-01142-CV, 2007 WL 3121670 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 26, 2007, no pet.) (mem. op.) Successfully reversed summary judgment granted in favor of self-insured workers’ compensation carrier on the issue of the claimant’s “follow-on” injury Thad D. Spalding, Partner

Williams v. Dallas County, No. 05-06-01142-CV, 2007 WL 3121670 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 26, 2007, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Padilla v. Wall Colmonoy Corp., 145 P.3d 110 (N.M. Ct. App. 2006)

Padilla v. Wall Colmonoy Corp., 145 P.3d 110 (N.M. Ct. App. 2006) On interlocutory appeal, affirming denial of employer’s motion to dismiss wrongful death case arising from workplace injury; retroactively applying Supreme Court precedent stating that exclusivity provision of Workers’ Compensation Act does not protect employer from tort suit where employer willfully or intentionally injures

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Leal v. Weightman, No. 01-03-01006-CV, 2004 WL 2251570 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 7, 2004, no. pet.) (mem. op.) 

Leal v. Weightman, No. 01-03-01006-CV, 2004 WL 2251570 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 7, 2004, no. pet.) (mem. op.)  Affirming grant of summary judgment for return of money loaned on three out of four grounds; case subsequently dismissed.

Leal v. Weightman, No. 01-03-01006-CV, 2004 WL 2251570 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 7, 2004, no. pet.) (mem. op.)  Read More »

Johannsen v. Nabors Indus., Inc., No. 14-03-00056-CV, 2003 WL 1566560 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 27, 2003, no pet.) (mem. op.) 

Johannsen v. Nabors Indus., Inc., No. 14-03-00056-CV, 2003 WL 1566560 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 27, 2003, no pet.) (mem. op.)  Obtaining determination that judgment that did not include attorney fee award was final, and attorney fees were no longer available.

Johannsen v. Nabors Indus., Inc., No. 14-03-00056-CV, 2003 WL 1566560 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 27, 2003, no pet.) (mem. op.)  Read More »

Pollard v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 532 U.S. 843 (2001) (representing EEOC as co-counsel with Solicitor General on behalf of United States as amicus curiae)

Pollard v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 532 U.S. 843 (2001) (representing EEOC as co-counsel with Solicitor General on behalf of United States as amicus curiae) In Title VII hostile work environment claim, holding that front pay is not an element of compensatory damages subject to the statutory cap in the Civil Rights Act

Pollard v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 532 U.S. 843 (2001) (representing EEOC as co-counsel with Solicitor General on behalf of United States as amicus curiae) Read More »

Farrell v. Planters Lifesavers Co., 206 F.3d 271 (3d Cir. 2000) (representing amicus curiae)

Farrell v. Planters Lifesavers Co., 206 F.3d 271 (3d Cir. 2000) (representing amicus curiae) In Title VII case, holding that district court applied wrong standards in determining that employee failed to establish a prima facie case of retaliation and quid pro quo sexual harassment; reversing in part summary judgment for employer. Caren I. Friedman, Partner

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EEOC v. Stowe-Pharr Mills, Inc., 216 F.3d 373 (4th Cir. 2000)

EEOC v. Stowe-Pharr Mills, Inc., 216 F.3d 373 (4th Cir. 2000) Reversing summary judgment for employer in suit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act; in spite of plaintiff’s statement in Social Security Disability Insurance application about her inability to work, the Commission was not estopped from asserting that plaintiff was a qualified individual with

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Valdes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 158 F.3d 584, 1998 WL 648571 (5th Cir. 1998) (not designated for publication) 

Valdes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 158 F.3d 584, 1998 WL 648571 (5th Cir. 1998) (not designated for publication)  Reversing and remanding for lack of subject matter jurisdiction on ground that non-diverse store manager owed independent duty to premises plaintiff.

Valdes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 158 F.3d 584, 1998 WL 648571 (5th Cir. 1998) (not designated for publication)  Read More »

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