Amicus Curiae

Roach Newton, LLP often prepares amicus curiae briefs to advocate for its clients’ industry interests when those interests are raised in a case where the client is not a party.  When appropriate, Roach Newton also recruits amicus curiae to support its clients’ appeals and petitions to the Supreme Court of Texas.

  • Filed amicus curiae brief on behalf of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the National Association of Manufacturers highlighting the due process concerns implicated when punitive awards are not limited by the ratio of punitive damages to actual damages.  Petitioning for review of Hebble v. Shell Western E & P, Inc., 238 P.3d 939 (Okla. Civ. App. 2009).
  • Represents the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of Texas in 12-0124 In re Continental Tires the Americas, LLC [mand. pending], opposing the broad use of shared discovery and describing the special problems with shared discovery in cases involving confidential information or trade secrets.
  • Represents the Association of Global Automaker and the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of Texas in No. 11-0709, Kia Motors Corp. v. Ruiz (petitioning for review of 348 S.W. 465 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2012)), on the proper application of the government-standards defense.
  • Represented the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. in a certified question to the Supreme Court of Texas from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the insurability of punitive damages in Fairfield Ins. Co. v. Stephens Martin Paving, LP, 246 S.W.3d 653 (Tex. 2008).