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William J. Dyer

William Dyer’s Legal Cases

10 total

  • Greyhound Lines, Inc. v. NLRB (In re Eagle Bus Mfg. Co.)

    Practice Area:
    Lawsuits & Disputes
    Date:
    May 14, 1991
    Outcome:
    Defeated NLRB & Greyhound's Union on $200M+ claims
    Description:
    Lead trial counsel for Greyhound Lines, Inc. in bankruptcy court proceedings in Corpus Christi and McAllen to estimate claims for back pay for over 6000 workers, as based on unfair labor practices alleged by the National Labor Relations Board and Amalgamated Council of Greyhound Local Unions. After six weeks of expedited discovery and a two-day summary trial in April 1991 — into which the parties compressed an anticipated seven years of administrative litigation on both liability and damages — the court sliced approximately 85% from the more than $200 million sought by the NLRB and the Union, capping Greyhound’s potential liability at $31¼ million in the event that the NLRB’s general counsel and the Union should ultimately prevail in the ongoing administrative litigation before the NLRB. As a direct result, neither the NLRB nor the Union was able to block confirmation of Greyhound’s plan of reorganization, and Greyhound emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 1991. In re Eagle Bus Mfg. Co., 134 B.R. 584 (Bkrtcy. S.D. Tex.1991). The decision was later discussed in more detail in the process of being affirmed on appeal to the federal district court, 158 B.R. 421 (S.D. Tex. 1993).
  • Galperti Inc. v. Galperti S.r.A. & Allied Fitting LP

    Practice Area:
    Intellectual Property
    Date:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Outcome:
    Won injunction hearing, leading to quick dismissal
    Description:
    Lead trial counsel representing Allied Fitting, L.P. in proceedings culminating in a two-day bench trial in October 2006 on a temporary injunction application in a trademark/tradename case that, if granted, would have blocked millions of dollars of commerce in the international carbon-steel flange industry. Along with counsel for Allied’s co-defendant Galperti S.r.L. (represented by Houston’s Susman Godfrey), I persuaded Judge Grant Dorfman of the 129th District Court of Harris County first to limit and then to dissolve an ex parte temporary restraining order, and then to deny in full the temporary injunction that had been sought by the plaintiffs, Galperti Inc. and Galperti S.p.A. (represented by the Houston office of Dallas-based Thompson & Knight). The remainder of the case settled promptly on favorable terms.
  • FETA v. Millicom Incorporated & Vodafone PLC

    Practice Area:
    Securities & Investment Fraud
    Date:
    Dec 30, 1992
    Outcome:
    Complete defense verdict after six-week jury trial
    Description:
    Lead trial counsel defending Millicom Incorporated, an international telecommunications company, against a $38 million claim for securities fraud and breach of contract arising out of a 1986 transaction in which Millicom sold its interest in a British cellular telephone licensee for $135 million. In December 1992, I obtained a defense verdict and a take-nothing judgment for Millicom after a five-week jury trial in state district court in Houston, during which over a dozen accountants and lawyers testified on accounting and corporate finance issues. The investor plaintiffs were represented by Houston's Vinson & Elkins. Earlier in the same case, I obtained a dismissal for want of personal jurisdiction for Millicom’s British co-defendant, Racal Electronics plc (n/k/a Vodafone Group plc).
  • Southeast Keller Corp. v. Francotyp-Postalia

    Practice Area:
    Lawsuits & Disputes
    Date:
    Jan 03, 2005
    Outcome:
    Secured excellent confidential settlement
    Description:
    Lead counsel representing Southeast Keller Corporation, a non-profit company that provides occupational rehabilitation services, in its breach of contract lawsuit in federal district court in Houston against a multinational German postage meter manufacturer, Francotyp-Postalia, and its American subsidiary (both represented by Chicago’s Schiff Hardin & Waite). After extensive international negotiations and an intense mediation before a retired chief judge of the Cook County state courts, the case settled in January 2005 — even before any pretrial discovery — on specific terms that my client, my colleagues, and I had to swear to keep strictly confidential as a condition of the settlement.
  • ONCA Petroleum Development v. PPI Technology Services

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Outcome:
    Secured defense verdict after jury trial
    Description:
    Lead counsel representing PPI Technology Services, LP and Oil Technology Services, Inc. in a four-day jury trial in February 2006 in the 190th District Court of Harris County. I persuaded the jury to award PPI over $273,000 in offsets against a roughly $288,000 partial summary judgment liability to Onca Petroleum Development, Inc. under a consulting agreement signed when PPI acquired OTSI. I then continued to represent these clients in a successful appeal over the $100,000+ in attorneys' fees awarded to Onca; the case settled on favorable terms while further appellate motions were pending: PPI Technology Services, LP. v. Onca Petroleum Development Co., 2008 WL 5273991 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2008), vacated & remanded pursuant to settlement agrmt., 2009 WL 618241 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2009).
  • Born v. Virginia City Nightclub & Saloon

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Apr 15, 1992
    Outcome:
    Secured defense verdict after jury trial
    Description:
    Co-lead trial counsel defending Virginia City Nightclub & Saloon, Inc. and its insurer in a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow and family of Willie Born. The plaintiffs contended that during a "$10 Cover Charge/Drink for Free" promotion, Virginia City had over-served Born and a friend, leading to a one-vehicle accident in which Born was killed later that evening. After a week-long jury trial in April 1992 in state district court in Houston, my partner and I obtained a jury verdict of no liability and no damages, and that verdict was upheld on appeal.
  • Fred Rosen et al. v. First Winthrop Corp et al.

    Practice Area:
    Debt & Lending Agreements
    Date:
    May 18, 1990
    Outcome:
    Negotiated Prudential's dismissal for $0
    Description:
    Lead counsel for The Prudential Insurance Company of America in a multi-defendant lender liability case arising out of the restructuring of a $165 million mortgage and long-term lease on a downtown Houston office tower, the First City Financial Center. Although the plaintiffs sought more than $300 million in actual and punitive damages, and eventually obtained a jury verdict for tens of millions against the remaining co-defendants whom I had not represented, The Prudential was dismissed with prejudice in May 1990 — without paying anything.
  • Panasonic Co. v. Zinn

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Jun 25, 1990
    Outcome:
    Won 5th Circuit appeal on breach of contract case
    Description:
    Panasonic Company, a division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, had its lawsuit to collect business debts guaranteed by Defendant Zinn thrown out by the trial judge on summary judgment. I helped brief and then orally argued the successful appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit whereby that appellate court reversed the district court's summary judgment and rendered judgment in favor of Panasonic, remanding with instructions to the district court to determine and then enter judgment for the hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus interest, for which Panasonic had sued. Panasonic Co. v. Zinn, 903 F.2d 1039 (5th Cir. 1990).
  • Wehling v. Columbia Broadcasting System

    Practice Area:
    Libel & Slander
    Date:
    Dec 13, 1983
    Outcome:
    Won 5th Circuit appeal in defamation case
    Description:
    Lead appellate counsel for Defendant-Appellee CBS Inc. in a Fifth Circuit appeal of a summary judgment granted in its favor against defamation claims filed by Carl D. Wehling and his wife, based on a CBS Evening News broadcast which depicted him as a scam artist defrauding students in connection with government-insured student loans. The Fifth Circuit concluded that the district court had properly held that summary judgment against the Wehlings was appropriate, since under principles of collateral estoppel they were bound by prior criminal and civil findings which established the substantial truth of CBS News' allegations. The judgment throwing the Wehlings out of court was therefore affirmed. Wehling v. Columbia Broadcasting System, 721 F.2d 506 (5th Cir. 1983).
  • Matsushita Electric Corp. v. McAllen Copy Data, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Aug 29, 1991
    Outcome:
    Won state-court appeal overturning default
    Description:
    Lead appellate counsel and principal author of appellate brief for Defendant-Appellant Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (and its Panasonic Company and Panasonic Industrial Company divisions) in an appeal of a state-court default judgment in excess of $1 million based on alleged discovery sanctions and an allegedly untimely answer. The Texas Court of Appeals reversed the default judgment, ruling that the trial court had abused its discretion with respect to the discovery sanctions, and that a timely answer had been filed as a matter of law on behalf of the corporation and its two divisions. The Texas Supreme Court then rejected the Plaintiff-Appellee's request for further consideration. Matsushita Electric Corp. v. McAllen Copy Data, Inc., 815 S.W.2d 850 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 1991, writ denied).