MH Wins Jury Trial in Houston

May 22, 2019

Case Studies

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 filed in 2014, involved formal claims of assault, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, tortious interference, invasion of privacy, and claims under the Texas Theft Liability Act. The plaintiff asked the jury to award $8 million for his alleged injuries. MH’s clients consistently maintained that the case was meritless, and a twelve-member Harris County jury agreed.

After closing arguments on May 21, 2019, the jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of MH’s clients on every claim, deliberating for less than three hours. Following the trial, the jurors who spoke with counsel complimented MH’s case organization, preparedness, and effectiveness in the courtroom.

MH attorneys Matt Matthews and Bobby Debelak tried the case.