Litigation of Note
Mancilla, et al v. Ranch Rescue et al, 229th District Court, Jim Hogg County, Texas. Obtained a $1.35 million judgment for assault against Joe Sutton, a landowner in Jim Hogg County, Ranch Rescue, an anti-migrant vigilante organization, and two vigilante members of Ranch Rescue engaged in patrolling the Mexican border. The plaintiffs are two Salvadorian immigrants who were assaulted by members of Ranch Rescue as they were trespassing across the landowners ranch.
United ISD v. PSI, 341st District Court, Webb County, Texas. $6,l00,000 jury verdict. Represented a plaintiff school district in Laredo, Texas, against a defendant multinational engineering firm in a suit for professional malpractice involving engineering work done in the construction of an elementary school. The suit sought damages for repair of construction failures in a school building and was at the time the largest jury verdict in Webb County history.
United ISD v. Cecil McDonald, 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas, and In Re: Estate of Cecil McDonald, U.S. BankruptcyCourt, S.D., of Texas. $3,000,000 judgment for the construction of a sewage treatment plant entered by trial court. Sued developer of a low income colonia on behalf of a school district in Laredo, Texas, for breach of agreement to build a sewer plant in exchange for construction of a school facility and sewer lines to the sewer plant in the colonia.
Suneson v. Excel Bank, 49th District Court, Webb County, Texas. $4,850,000 jury verdict. Represented a plaintiff land developer in a lender liability suit filed against a bank in a suit for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices. The claim involved the breach of a development loan agreement which resulted in loss of profits. At the time it was the largest jury verdict in Webb County history.
Webb County v. Illinois Union Insurance Co., et al, U.S. District Court, Laredo, Texas. $2,950,000 settlement. Insurance bad faith suit filed on behalf of plaintiff county government against defendant insurance carrier and consultant for damages resulting from wrongful denial of coverage.
Adelfa Mendiola, et al v. Asash, Inc., et al, 49th District Court, Webb County, Texas. $2,400,000 settlement. Toxic tort suit filed on behalf of plaintiffs residing adjacent to a pest control business who suffered personal injury and property damage as a result of improper disposal of pesticide residues.
Ignacio G. Montemayor, et al v. The Price Company, et al, 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas. $2,l00,000 jury verdict. Counsel for plaintiff Mexican customs broker whose license was revoked as a result of a negligent misrepresentation by defendant exporter on the country of origin of certain merchandise.
Mejia v. Mercy Hospital of Laredo, 341st District Court, Laredo, Texas. $l,l00,000 settlement. Represented a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case against a hospital and a brain surgeon for injuries to plaintiff's eyesight caused by a negligent removal of a brain tumor.
Trevino v. Jenkins & Gilchrest, 49th District Court, Webb County, Texas. $l,000,000 settlement. Sued a law firm for usurious collection practices on behalf of a land developer who had defaulted on a $4,500,000 loan held by a Texas bank.
Alvarez v. Zapata National Bank, 49th District Court, Webb County, Texas. $l,250,000 juryverdict. Lender liability suit filed on behalf of a contractor-debtor for deceptive trade practices involving the breach of an accounts receivable loan agreement which resulted in the demise of the plaintiff's business.
U.S. v. Texas, U.S. District Court, Tyler, Texas. Co-counsel on behalf of Mexican-American limited-English speaking students in a civil rights suit which succeeded in ordering the Texas Education Agency to provide special educational programs for limited English proficient students in Texas.
VIDA v. Garza and Uni- Trade, Inc., 49th Judicial District Court and Texas Fourth Ct. of Appeals. Successfully tried a First Amendment challenge to a defamation lawsuit brought against Voices in Democratic Action, Inc. (VIDA), by a public contractor subject to the protection of the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute.
United for Education, et al v. United ISD et al, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Texas. Successfully defended the institution of single member districts for election of school board trustees on behalf of defendant school district in Laredo, Texas, who approved single member district elections. The suit was a voting rights act challenge brought by plaintiff taxpayers association seeking to overturn the school district's decision.
City of Laredo v. Wilcox, et al, 250th District Court, Travis County, Texas. Counsel for City of Laredo in suit seeking return of the l8th Century Spanish Archives of the City of Laredo, which had been in the possession of a private party since l96l, under a claim of abandonment. The suit was tried before a jury which entered a verdict in favor of the City transferring title and possession of the Archives to the public.
Escamilla v. Flores, U.S. District Court, Del Rio, Texas. Civil rights suit banning of the use of solitary confinement of prisoners at the Webb County Jail.
Morales v. Shannon, U.S. District Court, Del Rio, Texas. Counsel for Plaintiff Mexican- American public school students in civil rights suit which desegrated the elementary schools of the Uvalde Independent School District, and abolished segregated "Mexican" schools. The case was tried to the court.
Ross v. Eckles, U.S. District Court, Houston, Texas. Co-counsel in suit which desegregated the public schools of the Houston Independent School District. The case was tried to the court.
Martinez v. Procunier. U.S. District Court, San Francisco, California. Co-counsel in civil rights suit which banned certain punitive use of solitary confinement of state prisoners by the California Department of Corrections. Upheld on appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Public Client Listing
Mexican Consulate in Laredo, Texas
United Independent School District
City of Laredo
Laredo Housing Authority
Laredo Metro, Inc.
Mirando City Independent School District
City of El Cenizo
Zapata County Independent School District
Freer Independent School District
Cotulla Independent School District
Jim Hogg County
Cotulla Housing Authority
Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation
Laredo Metro Affordable Housing Corporation
Student Alternatives Program, Inc.
Representative National Clients
The Pacifica Radio Network
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
United Rentals, Inc.
Western Waste Industries, Inc.
Killiam Oil Co.