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News & Legal Updates

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER CONSTITUTIONAL/CIVIL RIGHTS LAW UPDATE

John F. Roehm III   Fifth Circuit Court of AppealsFifth Circuit Court of Appeals Xcaliber International Limited, LLC v. Attorney General State of Louisiana, ____ F. 3d ____ (5th Cir. July 20, 2010) A Louisiana statute requiring tobacco manufactures to deposit funds in escrow in order to sale cigarettes in the state does not violate Read More

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER PRODUCTS LIABILITY LAW UPDATE

by Rocky Little Fresh Coat, Inc. v. K-2, Inc., 53 Tex. Supp. J. 1046, Supreme Court of Texas, August 20, 2010. This indemnity case concerns product liability litigation in the residential construction industry. K-2, Inc. manufactures synthetic stucco components that are collectively referred to as “EIFS,” an acronym for exterior insulation and finishing system. Fresh Read More

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER TAKINGS AND ZONING CASE LAW UPDATE

by John Husted   Supreme Court of Texas Kirby Lake Development Ltd. V. Clear Lake City Water Authority, 2010 Tex. LEXIS 613 (Tex. August 27, 2010) An inverse condemnation suit is barred when the State withholds property or money from an entity while acting within a color of right under a contract, as opposed to Read More

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

by Francisco J. Valenzuela Fifth Circuit American International Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Rentech Steel LLC, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 19561 (September 21, 2010) An insurance policy’s exclusion of coverage for obligations incurred under workers’ compensation laws does not apply to claims arising out of the nonsubscribing employer’s own negligence. Rentech was sued when one Read More

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER SCHOOL LAW CASE LAW UPDATE

by John Husted Fulsom v. Mexia ISD, 2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 7757 (Tex. App. – Waco, September 22, 2010) The Texas Tort Claims Act does not waive a school district’s immunity from abuse of process, which is an intentional tort. Galveston ISD v. Clear Lake Rehabilitation Hospital, L.L.C., 2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 7708 (Tex. App. Read More

August 1st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
Government Defense Attorney/Constitutional Law Scholar David R. Upham Joins Fanning Harper Law Firm in Dallas

DALLAS – Accomplished government defense attorney and constitutional law scholar David R. Upham is joining the Dallas law firm of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin PC as of counsel. Mr. Upham is the latest addition to Fanning Harper’s experienced Local Government Defense practice, which is led by Fanning Harper Director Thomas Brandt. Mr. Upham’s Read More

April 22nd, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
FHMBK Rising Stars

We congratulate JOSHUA A. SKINNER FRANCISCO J. VALENZUELA JOHN D. HUSTED on being named in the Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star Edition for 2010 as Rising Stars. Mr. Skinner is a Rising Star in Government/Cities/Municipalities. He is a Member with FHMBK whose practice focuses on Constitutional law, local government law, school law, and employment law. Read More

April 22nd, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
Frank Valenzuela Becomes Member of FHMBK

We congratulate FRANCISCO J. VALENZUELA on becoming a Member of the firm. Since joining the firm as an associate in 2007, Mr.  Valenzuela has distinguished himself in the areas of school litigation, employment litigation, local government defense and municipal law. Please join us in congratulating Mr. Valenzuela for this significant accomplishment

April 1st, 2010 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED AS OUTSTANDING BY RESPECTED PEER-REVIEW PUBLICATIONS

September 17, 2009 Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in 2009 Texas Super Lawyers. Don D. Martinson – Environmental Litigation Thomas P. Brandt – Civil Rights/First Amendment Joshua T. Kutchin – Personal Injury Defense: General Selection is based on statewide Read More

January 22nd, 2009 | Posted in: News, Uncategorized
Announcement of Joshua A. Skinner as New Partner at FHMBK

Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. congratulates JOSHUA A. SKINNER on becoming a Member with the firm. Since joining the firm as an associate in 2003, Mr. Skinner has distinguished himself in the areas of Constitutional law, local government law, school law, and employment law. Please join us in congratulating Mr. Skinner for this Read More