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News & Legal Updates

January 10th, 2012 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
BRANDT, MARTINSON HONORED FOR APPELLATE VERDICTS BY TEXAS LAWYER

Tom Brandt and Don Martinson were recognized by Texas Lawyer newspaper for their work in achieving favorable rulings in two of the state’s most closely watched appellate cases in 2011.  To read the firm’s news release on these “game-changing” victories, click here.

November 2nd, 2011 | Posted in: News, Newsletters, Uncategorized
NEWSLETTER AND LEGAL UPDATES: FALL 2011

OUR VISION: SUCCESS BASED ON LONG LASTING RELATIONSHIPS FORGED IN INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, COMMITMENT AND TEAMWORK. Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. is pleased to provide you with our Fall 2011 Newsletter and Legal Update. Below you will find information regarding successes and activities of our attorneys. Please click the hyperlinks for updates regarding Constitutional/Civil Read More

October 10th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
THE HONORABLE JANE BOYLE HONORED WITH WILLIAM ROPER AWARD

On August 28, 2011, the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas (the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild) honored Jane Boyle, Federal District Judge of the Northern District of Texas, with its William Roper Award.  This award is given to a local attorney or judge whose public and private life reflect the life and legacy of Thomas More.  Read More

October 3rd, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
RELIGION IN SCHOOLS – 2011 TASA/TASB CONFERENCE

FHMBK attorneys Tom Brandt, Josh Skinner, and Frank Valenzuela presented “Religion in Schools” at the Texas Association of School Administrators/ Texas Association of School Boards 2011 Convention at the Austin Convention Center. This is the paper that goes along with their presentation at the Convention. Click here for presentation paper, “Religion in Schools.”

September 29th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FHMBK WINS ‘CANDY CANE’ CASE APPEAL

FHMBK WINS ‘CANDY CANE’ CASE APPEAL 5th Circuit Court Rules 10-6 in Favor of Granting PISD Principals Qualified Immunity  Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 – Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin P.C. (FHMBK) led the charge in successfully convincing the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to decisively rule on Tuesday that two Read More

September 14th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FHMBK ATTORNEYS ATTEND POLICE FOUNDATION LUNCHEON

FHMBK attorneys Tom Brandt, Josh Skinner and John Roehm attended a luncheon sponsored by The Police Foundation of Arlington, Texas, held in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy.  FHMBK proudly sponsored a table at this year’s event which raises money to assist the police. 

August 4th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
LEGISLATURE BARS INDEMNITY AGREEMENTS

On June 17, 2011, Governor Rick Perry signed into law, effective January 1, 2012, House Bill 2093, a Bill that bars the use of indemnity agreements in certain construction contracts if the contracts are signed on or after January 1, 2012.  The highlights of the Bill include: (1)        Any provision in a “Construction Contract”[1] that Read More

August 4th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Newsletters, Uncategorized
NEWSLETTER AND LEGAL UPDATE: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

OUR VISION: SUCCESS BASED ON LONG LASTING RELATIONSHIPS FORGED IN INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, COMMITMENT AND TEAMWORK. Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. is pleased to provide you with the 50th Anniversary Edition of our Newsletter and Legal Update. Below you will find information regarding successes and activities of our attorneys. Please click the hyperlinks for updates Read More

July 19th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FHMBK analyzes Texas Supreme Court’s recent Haygood v. Escabedo opinion, which resolves significant unanswered questions about the “paid or incurred” provisions of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

On July 1, 2011, The Texas Supreme Court issued a significant opinion addressing and interpreting Section 41.0105 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. In Haygood v. Garza de Escabedo, No. 09-0377, 2011 Tex. LEXIS 514 (Tex. 2011), Justice Hecht, writing for the majority, addressed the “paid or incurred” provisions of Section 41.0105, and Read More

July 18th, 2011 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FHMBK analyzes the recent legislative session’s contributions to Texas’ ongoing tort reform effort.

2011 TORT REFORM LEGISLATION              The 2011 session of the Texas Legislature produced two new laws that further the legislative tort reform efforts that began in 2003:  I.          HB 274 – Effective September 1, 2011        A.  Article 1 amends §22.004, Texas Government Code, to add a new subsection (g) that provides for the Supreme Read More