In an arbitration administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, Buck Keenan clients were sued for more than $11 million and accused of fraud, violating fiduciary duties and various contracts involving an oil and gas concession with the government of Cameroon. After a full hearing on the merits, the Tribunal ruled in favor of Buck Keenan’s clients and ordered that Claimants’ take nothing. The Tribunal ultimately awarded Buck Keenan’s clients $293,518. Mano DeAyala, Andrew Wright and Laura Gleen were counsel for BK’s clients.
Buck Keenan lawyers Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained an eight figure settlement for their client, a US energy company, in an international arbitration involving an African oil and gas concession.
In Cause No. 2015-53814; Gina Lusk v. John Macan, Ignacio Osorio, Adriana Osorio, and Champions Real Estate Group, LLC, et al.; In the 133rd Judicial District, Harris County, Texas, Plaintiff alleged that Buck Keenan clients Ignacio Osorio, Adriana Osorio, and Champions Real Estate Group, LLC committed DTPA violations, conspiracy, negligent misrepresentation, and negligent hiring in connection with the failed sale of her home and sought up to $1 million in damages. After conducting strategic discovery, Buck Keenan’s Andrew Wright filed, argued and won a summary judgment from the court dismissing Plaintiff’s claims against the firm’s clients.
With a jury panel assembled and waiting outside U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal’s courtroom, Buck Keenan partners John Dagley and Lesley Little, along with co-counsel Mike O’Brien, settled all property damage claims for one of the largest hotel properties in the state against its insurer. Metro Hospitality Partners v. Lexington Insurance Co. involved enough first-party insurance issues to fill a CLE seminar, including independent injury under Fifth Circuit precedent, concurrent causation, ensuing loss, and segregation of covered and non-covered claims. After Metro withstood summary judgment and motions to strike all of its experts, and after the pre-admission of over 1000 exhibits into evidence, the parties were able to close a multi-million dollar gap and settle all disputed claims. The case arose from severe hail and wind damage that occurred in 2013, and it was settled just days before Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey wreaked devastation across Southeast Texas.
In Cause No. 2011-60992; Champion Window, Inc. v. Ralph Zuckerberg and Patrick M. Cahill; In the 270th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas, and the related arbitration, plaintiff alleged defendants, former officers of the company, made misrepresentations and violated agreements in connection with the sale of the company. On behalf of its client, Buck Keenan attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a dismissal with prejudice and favorable confidential settlement of all claims, which were in excess of $94 million.
In Cause No. 2015-23038; Procon USA Collections, Inc. v. James P. Charnquist, et al.; In the 164th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas, Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $2 million in connection with a South Carolina real estate development. Buck Keenan attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a dismissal of all claims against their client.
In Cause No. 2015-28805; Transwestern Property Company SW GP, L.L.C. d/b/a Transwestern v. Midas Equity LLC, Elite Street Capital, LLC Yehonaton Sade, et al.; In the 164th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas, Transwestern alleged Defendants committed business torts and violated a contract seeking damages in excess of $1 million. After conducting strategic discovery, attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a summary judgment after oral argument disposing of all claims against their clients.
In Cause No. 16-0696; Eurenco, Inc. v. Clark O. Regan in the 428th District Court of Hays County, Texas, attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright represented a U.S. subsidiary of a French-based fuel additives company in litigation and obtained a temporary restraining order, injunction, and favorable confidential settlement prior to trial on its claims against its former CEO related to misuse of proprietary information, violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and tortious interference.
Attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright represented a U.S. based energy company as Claimant in an ICC administered arbitration against a subsidiary of a London-based public company related to its operation and ownership of an oil and gas concession in Africa. After obtaining favorable interim measures, the parties engaged into a confidential settlement prior to final hearing.
Buck Keenan recently participated in defending a lawsuit brought by Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations against an ex-employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement and trade secrets act, and was able to get it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.