June 4, 2019 | By Matthew Kellogg
The website TopVerdict.com recently announced its list of the Top 50 plaintiff’s jury verdicts for the state of Texas in 2018, and McCathern attorneys Isaac Villarreal and Eric Utermohlen were honored to have a verdict that they obtained out of the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County included on that list.
Mr. Villarreal and Mr. Utermohlen, both of the McCathern Houston office, landed at #42 on the list for the verdict that they obtained on behalf of their clients in Gajarawala, et al. v. Kurre. That case was a complex business lawsuit that centered around disputes concerning the joint ownership of a concrete ready-mix company and the rights and obligations of the company’s owners related to the business. Isaac and Eric brought direct and derivative claims against the Defendant, alleging various contract claims and business torts on behalf of their clients.
The favorable jury verdict found that Defendant breached two contracts and was liable to their client for damages of $1,134,656, plus attorney’s fees through trial, court costs and contingent post-judgement attorney’s fees. The jury verdict also resulted in the successful defense of counterclaims, seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars, asserted against Mr. Villarreal’s clients.
McCathern congratulates Isaac Villarreal, Eric Utermohlen and the entire Houston office for their work on this case and this acknowledgement as one of the largest jury verdicts in Texas in all of 2018.