We represented NetIQ Corporation in defense of an arbitration in which BMC Software claimed that two of NetIQ’s major products infringed two patents owned by BMC. Plaintiff BMC sought $150 million in lost profits and royalties before trebling. NetIQ hired the firm to take over the defense of the case six months before trial (the proceeding had been […]
In October 2006, the City of Houston (our client) adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment with few, very limited exceptions (the “Ordinance”). Less than a month before it was slated to become effective, Plaintiffs – a bar and an association of bars that would be covered by the Ordinance – filed […]
We represented Francis D. John against Key Energy Services, Inc., a leading onshore well-servicing company where Mr. John served as Chairman and CEO for over a decade. Shortly after Key’s audit committee commissioned an independent investigation regarding certain accounting and internal controls matters, Mr. John was replaced as CEO. Key’s board of directors refused to […]
On May 2, 2007, a California Superior Court in San Diego County dismissed in its entirety without leave to amend an action by the Peregrine Litigation Trust against several of the former directors and officers of former software seller Peregrine Systems. Gibbs & Bruns represented a group of former outside directors of Peregrine. Among the […]
We were retained to represent the Outside Directors of Enron’s Board in the defense of all the litigation and regulatory investigations that arose from Enron’s collapse. This litigation was unique in a variety of ways: First, our clients remained on Enron’s board for some time after its collapse. During that phase of the representation, we advised […]
This case was a class action filed on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers (our clients) who had leased automobiles from FELCO (Franklin Equity Auto Leasing Co.), an indirect subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corp. The suit arose out of FELCO’s practices with respect to charging its lessees for property taxes. Pursuant to […]
We represented Unocal in an action against Osprey, a working interest owner in nine oil and gas wells drilled by Unocal in the Gulf of Mexico between 2001 and 2003, that was pending in Corpus Christi state court. Prior to our involvement in the case, Unocal sued Osprey to recover unpaid expenses incurred in drilling […]
We were lead counsel in this bench trial which was handled on behalf of the developer and builder of apartment buildings. We obtained a $13 million award in this wrongful foreclosure matter.
We represented one current and two former officers of Dynegy in the litigation following the financial setbacks experienced by that company. Plaintiffs brought a variety of securities fraud claims against officers, directors, accountants, and banks. The firm obtained dismissals for all three of its clients.
We represented the developer of an apartment complex, Slosburg Company, against an engineering company for failure to monitor construction project. The case was tried to a jury and our client was awarded in excess of $3 million for damages arising out of soil compaction problems. The case was affirmed on appeal.