Summary Judgments Granted in High-Profile Hidalgo County Alleged Corruption Case.
In a case that drew national media attention, the current and former owners of a small family data collection firm represented by John Newton and accused of corruption and conspiring to defraud the taxpayers of Hidalgo County out of more than $5 million during the reconstruction of 22 miles of levees with new border fencing along the Rio Grande River were exonerated. Dismissed on motions for summary judgment in early February 2018, the case is a textbook example of our focus on winning litigation quickly based on legal argument. Read more here in the Recent News section of Publications.
Fifth Circuit Embraces Our Arguments and Reverses the Largest Ever Qui Tam Verdict.
On September 29, 2017, the Fifth Circuit unanimously reversed and rendered a $663 million judgment – reportedly the largest ever in a False Claims Act case – against Trinity Industries. United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Indus. Inc., 872 F.3d 645 (5th Cir. 2017). In this lawsuit, tried in the Eastern District of Texas, legal arguments developed by Roach & Newton and presented by our lawyers and co-counsel at trial and in an extraordinary mandamus petition were ultimately embraced and accepted by the Fifth Circuit. Read more here in the Recent News section of Publications.
Victory: $41 million verdict
On May 12, 2017, the jury awarded a verdict for approximately $41 million in Prime Natural Resources, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London, No. 2015-51137, In the 129th District Court of Harris County, Texas. The firm appeared as appellate counsel at trial to assist lead trial attorney John Zavitsanos of AZA in a suit arising from an insurer denying coverage for an offshore oil rig damaged in Hurricane Rita. The jury awarded not only full compensatory damages, but additional bad faith damages for unfair insurance practices.