Matsushita Electric Corp. v. McAllen Copy Data, Inc.

William J. Dyer

Case Conclusion Date:August 29, 1991

Practice Area:Litigation

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).