In The News

  • Hicks Thomas LLP is proud to announce that two of our lawyers, senior counsel Greg Koush and associate Abbie Sprague, were selected to the exclusive Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars ℠ list of 2017. This marks the fifth consecutive year Mr. Koush was chosen for his business litigation work. Mr. Koush has extensive experience in representing clients in all stages of litigation. He also focuses on employment law, oil and gas matters, ...
  • With an office in California, Hicks Thomas LLP monitors decisions issued by the California appellate courts and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A recent decision by the latter caught our attention. Safari Club International v. Rudolph involved a bitter dispute between SCI and its former president, Dr. Lawrence Rudolph. In 2012, after various club members accused Rudolph of serious wrongdoing, SCI “terminated ...
  • Jay Old, a highly regarded veteran trial lawyer, has joined the commercial litigation firm Hicks Thomas LLP, where he will represent construction, insurance, petrochemical and healthcare companies, effective January 1. Mr. Old’s addition will also include the opening of offices in Austin and Beaumont, further extending the geographic reach of the Houston-based firm. Hicks Thomas, which is now in its 20 th year, earned a reputation for being ...
  • The Houston 14th Court of Appeals issued an opinion today, in-re-texas-windstorm, which will solidify and strengthen the strategy of using one’s clients as experts to prove the reasonableness of conduct by insurers in first party bad faith and coverage disputes. The ruling applies to virtually every other civil lawsuit in Texas, including claims against lawyers, doctors, engineers and accountants. This case arose out of an insurance ...
  • So far this October Term 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued two decisions in civil cases, both on December 6. First, in State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby, the Court considered “the proper remedy when there is a violation of the False Claims Act (FCA) requirement that certain complaints must be sealed for a limited time period,” as required by 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(2). The FCA has “ qui ...
  • On December 1, amendments to the various sets of federal procedural rules took effect. The top of the federal judiciary’s “ Current Rules of Practice and Procedure ” webpage has a useful list of these amendments, including links to full-text and redlined versions of the amended rules and to various explanatory materials. The following describes the amendments that are likely to be of most interest to federal civil litigators. ...
  • "V" is for Victory!

    Yes, the Cubs won the World Series last night, and everyone outside of Cleveland is both relieved and thrilled. Now that the Cubs’ 108-year drought is out of the way, we are proud to announce a victory of a different sort. One of the great pleasures in our practice is working as local counsel to many fine law firms across the country. We enjoy collaborating on cases of all types with our peers. We recently had that opportunity in a ...
  • Texas litigation firm Hicks Thomas LLP is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” publication by U.S. News & World Report. This distinction was given to the firm in the Metropolitan Oil & Gas Law category for Houston, Texas. Best Law Firms recognizes law firms based on rigorous evaluations and peer reviews. This process includes a wide range of professional criteria, such as expertise, legal understanding ...
  • A proposed class of vehicle owners was granted class certification in a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company. A California federal judge granted the cert to Ford Focus car owners who claimed a suspension defect in some models led to dangerous tire wear. The decision came after the Ninth Circuit Court overturned a prior decision in favor of Ford. The judge said the class met all qualifiers for certification and will include any U.S. resident who ...
  • A Houston court decided to reverse the decision of a lower court, effectively reversing a land dispute judgment worth $50 million regarding Katy Pin Oak Hospital in Katy, Texas. The reversal followed a ruling by the 14 th Court of Appeals that determined unsubstantiated liability theories might have been responsible for the original, $50 million judgment. The case was led by Robin L. Harrison of Hicks Thomas LLP. Before the Court of Appeals ...
  • Until 2015, most Texas attorneys were secure in their understanding that in breach of contract actions, a successful plaintiff could recover its “reasonable and necessary” attorneys’ fees under the authority of Chapter 38 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. For decades, Texas trial courts had awarded, and appellate courts (including the Texas Supreme Court) had affirmed awards of attorneys’ fees to the ...
  • Seven attorneys from Hicks Thomas LLP will appear in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers® listing. Super Lawyers® is a legal rating service that recognizes only 5% of the practicing lawyers in each state, and inclusion in the list follows a stringent selection process. John B. Thomas (name partner) and senior counsel J. Stephen Barrick were selected, along with partners Allen H. Rustay, Stephen M. Loftin, Robin L. Harrison, Gregg C. Laswell, and ...
  • Robin Harrison, a Houston trial lawyer from Hicks Thomas LLP, was named among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America. This is one of the first and most reputable peer-review publications in the nation for legal professionals, and selection is a considerable achievement for any lawyer. This is the third consecutive year that Mr. Harrison has been recognized by Best Lawyers. Mr. Harrison was selected for his accomplishments in commercial and oil and gas ...
  • Mom shared her wisdom freely, and often: Hard work will get you recognized. We have definitely been working hard in 2016, and just like mom said, we’ve been recognized, too. In a recent stretch, we tried a personal injury case to verdict in state court in Beaumont, Texas, followed by a construction defect case in federal court in San Angelo, Texas (the Northern District of Texas), and finally, an insurance breach of contract lawsuit in ...
  • John Thomas of Hicks Thomas LLP was featured in a recent interview with Law360, where he discussed his successful representation of high-profile defendants and plaintiffs alike and provided advice for new trial lawyers. John’s past clients include King Ranch (whose title dispute eventually landed in the Supreme Court of Texas) and J.P. Morgan Chase. More recently, John represented the family of a man who suffered electrocution in a Hilton ...
  • Hicks Thomas LLP is pleased to announce that Greg Koush has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Star ℠ list. Mr. Koush has been chosen for this distinction based on his outstanding achievements in business litigation. This is Mr. Koush’s fourth appearance on Rising Stars, having appeared on the list each consecutive year since 2013. The Rising Stars list is developed using the same multiphase selection ...
  • Don Meredith used to sing at the end of Monday Night Football games: “Turn out the lights, the party is over…” The refrain was from an old Willie Nelson song “The Party’s Over.” We think Willie Nelson is the right person to reference in a discussion about an Austin party. The good news from us is that while this year’s party is over, the lights are still burning brightly!! Last week we said thank you to ...
  • Houston-based Hicks Thomas LLP has filed a federal court injunction for EMED Technologies Corp against RMS Medical Systems (Repro-Med Systems Inc) to stop RMS from distributing and selling two products, safety needles and home infusion pumps, designed for Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (SCIg) infusion. The motion followed a determination from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which said the products are “misbranded” and ...
  • Lawyering is an Appealing Life!

    Yesterday, we were in Houston for oral arguments in an appeal from a trial we won some time back. The trip was special because we were working side by side with a good friend and former Texas Supreme Court Justice, Dale Wainwright, and because we were eager to tell the story of a client who overcame extraordinary odds to win a verdict very few thought it could win. The trip was special for another reason, too. I tried my first case in the old ...
  • Hicks Thomas LLP is currently representing Reese Riemer, a rodeo professional from Stinnett, Texas, in a lawsuit against RFD-TV and its affiliated entities RMG Events of Nashville, Tennessee and Rural Media Group Inc. of Gretna, Nebraska after they refused to pay his winnings from 2015’s The American rodeo competition. Advertised as the largest one-day rodeo in history, RFD-TV’s The American was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, ...
  • HOUSTON – Trial lawyer Robin L. Harrison, who has a 30-year track record of representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, has joined the Houston-based commercial litigation firm Hicks Thomas LLP as a partner. A longtime Houston lawyer, Mr. Harrison focuses his practice on the trial and resolution of business disputes, including cases involving claims of fraud and misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary ...
  • Six attorneys at Hicks Thomas LLP, a Houston-based commercial litigation boutique, have been selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® list for 2015. Super Lawyers® uses peer review and research to recognize the top attorneys in each state. Only five percent of attorneys receive this prestigious honor. The six selected as Texas Super Lawyers are name partner John B. Thomas, senior counsel J. Stephen Barrick, and partners Stewart ...
  • Hicks Thomas LLP congratulates its team of litigators for successfully representing one of the world’s leading offshore drilling contractors in arbitration against two of the largest oil companies in the world. On June 10, 2015, a three-member panel of arbitrators awarded our client over $176 million, including over $30 million in interest and $9 million in fees and expenses. The dispute arose after the assignee of an offshore drilling ...
  • Hicks Thomas LLP attorneys J. Stephen Barrick, Stewart Hoffer, and Eric Grant are spurring the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a fraud dispute between Falcon Express International Inc. and DHL Express (USA) Inc. After Texas courts overruled a jury award forcing DHL to pay Falcon $5 million in damages for fraud, Falcon is claiming a misinterpretation of federal laws is responsible for the court’s decision. Falcon filed a reply brief with the ...
  • On April 9, Hicks Thomas LLP filed a cert petition on behalf of Falcon Express International Inc. for the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that overturned a court decision forcing DHL Express USA Inc. to pay $5 million for fraud. According to Falcon, the overruling stemmed from a faulty interpretation of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 (ADA) and Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) by the Texas appellate court. ...
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