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MH Secures Dismissal with Prejudice on FRCP 12 (b)(6) Challenge

McDowell Hetherington obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice for its client, a leading insurance company, in a federal court case involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, dependent adult abuse, and declaratory relief based on the issuance and court-ordered modification of a structured settlement annuity. Plaintiff sought over $2 million in damages against the annuity […]

MH Prevails on Summary Judgment for Life Insurer Client

MH California lawyers recently obtained complete summary judgment on behalf of our client, a life insurance company, in a case involving claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and conspiracy. Plaintiff’s claims were based on the allegation that our client’s former agent obtained a beneficiary change removing Plaintiff as a beneficiary of her late aunt’s life insurance […]

MH Wins Solar Energy Arbitration

McDowell Hetherington obtained a complete victory for its client, a leading solar energy company, following an arbitration hearing in Houston against a subcontractor. The case centered on contracts for dozens of solar energy systems installed in four states. MH’s client sought nearly $500,000 for systems that were cancelled or improperly installed. It was awarded 100% […]

Matthews Again Named Texas Super Lawyer

Thomson Reuters has recognized MH partner Matt Matthews as a Texas Super Lawyer in the category of business litigation for the third year in a row. Matt’s practice, however, extends well beyond Texas. His experience litigating complex business disputes spans the country. In the last six months alone he has won a jury trial in […]

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Energy Class Action

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a unanimous opinion affirming dismissal of a class action brought against MH client Direct Energy on behalf of its Illinois variable-rate electricity customers. The Seventh Circuit agreed with the District Court that the plaintiff failed to plead any facts suggesting that Direct Energy’s rates […]

MH Secures Unanimous Arbitration Win for Client

McDowell Hetherington recently obtained total victory for its client, a leading life-insurance company, in a unanimous arbitration award. An insurance broker sued the life insurer alleging that the insurer conveyed to him inaccurate tax advice about a customer’s annuity, which he then relayed to his client. Claimant also asserted that the life insurer improperly disclosed […]

MH Wins Jury Trial in Houston

Last month, MH secured a complete defense verdict for an energy company and one of its former employees after a seven-day jury trial. The former employee was accused of assaulting a contractor during a termination and then destroying various personal items allegedly stolen from the contractor, including a book manuscript. The case, which was first […]

MH Lawyers Named 2019 Rising Stars

McDowell Hetherington LLP is proud to announce that four of its lawyers – Kate Easterling, Micah Grodin, Avi Moshenberg, and Will Thomas — have been named to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list. The annual list of Texas’ top up-and-coming lawyers is based on a statewide poll of attorneys that measures peer recognition and professional […]

Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Energy Class Action

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion affirming the summary judgment dismissal of a class action alleging that MH’s client, Direct Energy, overcharged variable-rate electricity customers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Though this lawsuit is one of many similar cases filed against retail energy suppliers in recent years, this decision […]

Matthews Named Texas Super Lawyer

MH partner Matt Matthews has been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine as a Texas Super Lawyer in the category of business litigation. This is the second consecutive year he has received this honor. Matt has experience prosecuting and defending cases involving energy, commercial contracts, construction, manufacturing, financial services, property rights, international trade, personal injury, products […]