Able Cabling v. Quantlab Financial
Brent Perry resolved an important case for electrical contractor threatened with bankruptcy because its largest customer refused to pay on a major contract. The case settled prior to trial for confidential amount.
AIG Highstar Capital, L.P. v Stagecoach Holding, LLC, et al.
Robert Burford represented John Thrash, E Partners, and E Corp in a dispute over the ownership of a high performance, multi0cycle natural gas storage facility in New York. AIG claimed a "Control Flip" had occurred that would have substantially devaluated the ownership position of Robert's clients. The case was uniquely resolved by a sale of the entire storage facility to a third-party, Inergy, L.P. with Robert's clients obtaining more than $50 million in the sale – preserving their ownership value.
Collins v. Martinez and CAROL Crane
Brent Perry prosecuted shareholder oppression and fiduciary duty claims for the minority owner of a construction services company. During the prosecution of the case, the Texas Supreme Court sharply limited shareholder oppression actions. He was still able to settle the case for most of the claimed damages, in excess of $3 million, on the day before trial.
D Bobbit Noel Jr. v Chief Energy and Devon Energy Holding, L.L.C., et al
Robert Burford (co-counsel with Gibbs & Bruns) represented Vinson & Elkins attorney, D. Bobbitt Noel, in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case against billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones, Chief Energy and Devon Energy. Noel alleged an old friend, Rees-Jones, cheated him when he bought out Noel's stake in a highly successful shale gas company, Chief Energy. After a several week trial and favorable jury verdict, the trial court entered a $196 million judgment for Noel.
Francis D. John v. Key Energy Services, Inc.
Robert Burford represented the former CEO of a public oil field services company in his suit for wrongful termination.
The case involved the dismissal of Mr. John after he was blamed for the restatement of Key Energy's financial statements following acquisition of more than 100 companies under Mr. John's stewardship.
The case was hotly disputed but resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for Mr. John.
Goodrich Leasehold, LLC and Goodrich Drillers, L.L.C. v Stone Energy Corporation
Robert Burford successfully defended Stone Energy Corporation in a multi-million dollar jury trial involving allegations of fraud in connection with drilling operations under a farm-out agreement. A Take Nothing Judgment was rendered against the Plaintiff.
Houston Police Officer's Pension System v. State Street Bank
Robert Burford represented the Houston Police Officer Pension System in multi-district litigation against one of the largest banks in the country, State Street Bank & Trust along with its investment advisory arm, State Street Global Advisors. The suit involved tens of millions of losses from a complex sub-prime bond investment that was managed by State Street. HPOPS settled the case favorably prior to trial.
Houston Police Officers Pension System v. City of Houston
Robert Burford represented the Houston Police Officer's Pension System in seeking police officers pension benefits from the City of Houston. The case settled out of Court with the City of Houston agreeing to pay more than $3 billion to police fund pension obligations.
Ikanco, Inc. v. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering
Brent Perry obtained a $3.5 million jury verdict and $4.5 million judgment for a Texas consulting firm against a Korean ship builder. Ikanco served as a consultant to DSME in obtaining contracts worth almost $700 million to build LNG carriers. The judgment was affirmed on appeal. The case settled for $4.7 million in 2012 and was listed in Top TX Verdicts of 2010.
In re: Azurix Securities Litigation
Robert Burford obtained pretrial dismissal of a multi-million dollar securities claim against Azurix, Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and Rebecca Marks. The suit involved a securities fraud action brought by Azurix shareholders in the company's IPO. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the win for Azurix, Lay, Skilling and Marks during the midst of the Enron scandal.
Integrated Health Concepts, Inc. v U.S. Diagnostic, Inc. Mohammad Athari, M.D. and Don Ballard
Robert Burford represented Don Ballard in his breach of employment contract case against U.S. Diagnostic. After a several day bench trial, the judge entered a judgment for more than $1 million in Ballard's favor.
Kellogg v Quantum Chemical Corporation
Robert Burford represented M.W. Kellogg, successfully defending against fraud claims made by Quantum Chemical Corporation. The case involved M.W. Kellogg's proprietary millisecond technology that was installed in Quantum's polyethylene plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Quantum claimed more than $300 million in damages. After a several-week trial, the jury found no liability against M.W. Kellogg and assessed more than $13 million in damages against Quantum on a counter-claim for trade secret theft.
Legal Malpractice Cases
Robert Burford has represented several of the largest law frms in Houston, Nevada and New York. Robert has successfully defended Vinson & Elkins, Locke Lord, and Lionel, Sawyer & Collins (Nevada's largest firm) in high profile legal malpractice cases involving alleged conflicts of interest and breach of fiduciary duty. Robert has also represented several plaintiffs against law firms for breach of fiduciary duty.
Thornton v. Martha Turner Properties
Brent Perry negotiated a favorable confidential settlement for a family that was the victim of real estate fraud in selling their 12,000 square foot home. The family's real estate agent made false representations about a prospective buyer and encouraged the family to allow the buyer to lease the house before closing on the purchase. The prospective buyer caused significant damage to the house and failed to close on the purchase.
USA Heavylift v. Combi Lift USA and K/S Combi Lift
Brent Perry represented a Texas cargo broker who arranged for a $21 million shipment of a refinery unit on seven carriers from the Philippines to Indiana through the Great Lakes. The defendant was German firm with a Texas subsidiary. The case settled prior to trial in a Texas state court for a confidential amount.
WTG Gas Processing, L.P. v ConocoPhillips Company, et al.
Robert Burford obtained a summary judgment for his client, ConocoPhillips, in a $500 million breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation action. The case involved the sale of pipelines and gas processing facilities in West Texas. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court victory, and the Texas Supreme Court denied further review.