September 23, 2017
Thomas W. Fee, Daniel M. Karp, Howard J. Klatsky, Bret A. Sanders, Scott W. Self, William M. Toles and Jeff C. Wright
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FSSV senior partners William M. Toles and Scott W. Self obtained a defense verdict for FSSV's client in a trial in state court in Tarrant County, Texas, in a case involving allegations of car dealer negligence. The plaintiff, a pedestrian who was filling her SUV with gas, was struck by a car that FSSV’s client had sold approximately 3½ months before the accident. The car’s owner and her boyfriend, who was driving the vehicle when it struck the plaintiff, alleged that the car’s brakes failed. The plaintiff suffered a number of severe injuries and had medical bills of $491,000 as a result of the accident. The plaintiff alleged that FSSV’s client failed to inspect and service the car properly before selling it and therefore asked the jury to award damages in excess of $6 million. Plaintiff counsel previously demanded $5.75 million prior to trial. FSSV partners Toles and Self showed the jury that the accident was caused by the negligence of the car’s owner and driver, rather than by FSSV’s client. After a week of trial, the Tarrant County jury rendered a defense verdict for FSSV's client. Toles and Self were recently named “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2018”
by D Magazine.
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On March 22, 2018, FSSV senior partner Michael Sharp and senior counsel Robyn Wise obtained a defense verdict for FSSV's client in state court in Collin County, Texas. The case arose from a trucking accident that occurred in McKinney, Texas. FSSV’s motor carrier client was operating a tractor-trailer northbound on I-75 when their driver encountered traffic that suddenly stopped for road construction. The truck driver contended that the construction restricted his view of traffic traveling ahead of him. The truck driver took evasive action, but collided with the rear of the Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff argued that FSSV’s client was negligent for failing to maintain a proper lookout, failing to apply his brakes in a reasonable manner, failing to maintain proper control of his vehicle, and driving while distracted. Plaintiff claimed injuries to her neck, back and lower extremities. She received extensive medical care and sought recovery for past and future medical expenses, impairment, pain and suffering. Plaintiff’s counsel demanded $1,000,000 prior to the start of trial. FSSV asserted a sudden emergency defense although the presiding judge refused to submit that definition to the jury. Nevertheless, the jury found no negligence on the truck driver after deliberating for approximately 30 minutes.
On March 6, 2018, FSSV Senior Partner Jeff C. Wright obtained a successful defense verdict in a Nonsubscriber lawsuit that went to binding, Final Arbitration in Edinburg, Texas. The Plaintiff initially filed her lawsuit in the Hidalgo County Court, seeking an unspecified amount of damages for a displaced, fractured femur that allegedly resulted from a fall at work. Since Plaintiff’s claims fell within the scope of an Arbitration Agreement between Plaintiff and FSSV’s client, Jeff Wright filed a Motion to Compel Arbitration that was hotly contested by Plaintiff and her attorney. After oral argument and taking the matter under advisement, the Hidalgo County Court Judge granted our Motion to Compel Arbitration, which was a good initial victory given the South Texas venue. Thereafter, the litigation proceeded in Arbitration. At the final Arbitration Hearing, Plaintiff asserted negligence claims and sought an award of $153,000 in damages, plus an unspecified amount for mental anguish, pain and suffering. After presentation of all testimony and evidence, the Arbitrator agreed with the defense argument presented by FSSV senior partner Jeff Wright and concluded that (1) FSSV’s client did not breach its duty to exercise reasonable care to provide a safe place to work, and that (2) Plaintiff’s alleged injuries and damages were not caused by any negligent act or omission on the part of FSSV’s client. The Arbitrator ordered that Plaintiff take nothing by her lawsuit.
Announcing the selection of Scott W. Self among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for 2018. Selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify most exceptional Civil Defense Litigators in throughout the nation.
Candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.
Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of litigators in the community.
FSSV senior partner Scott W. Self and senior counsel Kelly C. Walker obtained a defense verdict for FSSV's client in a trial in state court in Denton County, Texas, involving complex environmental issues. The plaintiff, which owns real property in Denton County, claimed that FSSV's client, a heavy civil contractor, had unlawfully removed fill dirt from the plaintiff's property and dumped contaminants onto the property. The plaintiff demanded more than $13 million before trial and asked the jury to award damages in excess of $8 million during trial. FSSV attorneys Self and Walker showed the jury that FSSV's client had lawfully purchased the fill dirt from the landowner's agent and had brought non-hazardous and commercially useful replacement material back to the property. After two weeks of trial, the Denton County jury rendered a unanimous defense verdict for FSSV's client.FSSV senior partner Scott W. Self and senior counsel Kelly C. Walker obtained a defense verdict for FSSV's client in a trial in state court in Denton County, Texas, involving complex environmental issues. The plaintiff, which owns real property in Denton County, claimed that FSSV's client, a heavy civil contractor, had unlawfully removed fill dirt from the plaintiff's property and dumped contaminants onto the property. The plaintiff demanded more than $13 million before trial and asked the jury to award damages in excess of $8 million during trial. FSSV attorneys Self and Walker showed the jury that FSSV's client had lawfully purchased the fill dirt from the landowner's agent and had brought non-hazardous and commercially useful replacement material back to the property. After two weeks of trial, the Denton County jury rendered a unanimous defense verdict for FSSV's client.
Jennifer Mauer Lee, Partner in our Dallas office, was recently selected to serve as a Course Director for the 2018 Advanced Personal Injury continuing legal education program. Ms. Lee will serve for the Dallas event while Judge David Canales will serve in San Antonio and Mark Murray will serve in Houston. This program is an annual course offered by the Texas Bar CLE and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. 2018 will mark the program's 34th annual course. We are pleased to have Ms. Lee serve as a course director for this distinguished event.
December 30, 2017
Congratulations to FSSV Partners, Aaron J. Burke and Jennifer Mauer Lee for being recognized as outstanding young lawyers in the
North Texas area.
November 18, 2017
Photographed from left to right: Thomas W. Fee, Scott W. Self and William M. Toles
Scott Self was inducted into the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) on November 18, 2017. ABOTA is a national association of trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Membership is by invitation only. Senior Partner Tom Fee and Partner William Toles are also members of ABOTA.
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