Contract, Fraud, Toxic Tort


We have extensive experience representing individuals and companies, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in various commercial disputes. We appear in state courts, federal courts, before arbitral panels and before governmental agencies and authorities to represent our clients' interests.

The following are a representative sample of the type of matters we handle:

Fraud and RICO Claims

Obtained dismissal of all RICO and fraud claims against clients and then obtained death penalty sanctions on all remaining claims in complex $100 million commercial fraud and RICO case that spanned multiple continents and involved numerous parties.

Obtained summary judgment in a suit in which plaintiff claimed the sole owner of a Texas company was liable for fraud and as the alter ego of the Texas company. The Court entered summary judgment on plaintiffs claims and awarded owner his attorneys fees for Plaintiffs frivolous pleadings. The entire case settled thereafter for payment by Plaintiffs insurance carrier to Defendants of the award for sanctions.

Breach of Contract

Obtained summary judgment in a suit for breach of contract, in which Grantor claimed that a manufacturing company had not fully complied with the terms of a note for the purchase of property and had refused to release the vendors lien. The Court entered a declaratory judgment that the note had been fully and completely satisfied and awarded client $65,000 in attorneys fees. Appellees appealed the Courts ruling to the Houston Court of Appeals, which appeal was dismissed.

Injunctions

Obtained preliminary injunction against multiple corporate entities in complex breach of contract and fraud suit, placing those same corporate defendants into receivership, and ultimately obtained million dollar final judgment against individual principal of one of the defendant corporations.

Toxic Tort Claim

Obtained favorable settlement in a toxic tort claim involving forty-nine plaintiffs for alleged exposure to Methylenedianiline in which Plaintiffs initial claim for damages was in excess of $24 million dollars and initial settlement demand was for policy limits of $2 million dollars. After successfully arguing for the entry of a Lone Pine Order and obtaining an Order sanctioning Plaintiffs counsel $2,000 for discovery abuse, the case was settled for approximately one and one half percent (1.5%) of Plaintiffs initial claim for damages.



Significant Representations


Thomas Zabel
James Freeman
1135 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008
Phone: 713.802.9117 | Fax: 713.802.9114
info@zflawfirm.com
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