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When Your Damages Expert is Better Left in the Bullpen

by Ben Westcott & Bob Plessala Earlier this summer, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion in a complex trade secret case holding that “none of the Plaintiffs’ evidence was legally sufficient to support the damages awarded” by the jury and it reversed and rendered a take nothing judgment in favor of the defendants.  
 
Andrews Myers served as the trial attorneys for the defendants in that case, Pike v. Texas EMC Management, 63 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 1384, 2020 WL 3405812 (Tex. June 19, 2020) (Rehearing denied, October 2, 2020). The Plaintiffs claimed between $7mm and $20mm in damages. After the plaintiffs presented one of their owners as an expert on business valuation, we were faced with some tough questions to evaluate and answer: (1) Had we demonstrated through objections and cross-examination that the plaintiffs’ damage testimony was legally insufficient to support any award of damages? (2) Do we call our own damages expert to explain why the plaintiffs’ damages theories should fail? and (3) Do we need to call our damages expert to provide an alternative damage model? ... Read More
Employment
CDC Expands Definition of "Close Contact for COVID-19 Exposure"
by Tony Stergio   For months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a COVID-19 close contact resulted when a person was within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus for a 15-minute block of time.

Recently, the CDC expanded its definition of “close contact” to encompass repeated shorter periods of exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. ... Read More
Andrews Myers is the Best Place to Work

Andrews Myers is excited to share that we have been named the NUMBER 1 Best Place to Work among mid-size companies by the Houston Business Journal at an awards live stream last week.

We celebrated with a part virtual/part socially distanced reception with cookies, ice cream and champagne on a Monday afternoon.

Real Estate
The State of Commercial Real Estate - Retail, Land & Warehouse
by Mahek Bhojani & Jack Turano Andrews Myers was happy to sponsor Houston Business Journal's (HBJ)  webinar on October 16, closing out their 2020 series focused on the State of Commercial Real Estate. Panelists for this event discussed the state of retail, land, and industrial real estate sectors.

HBJ’s editor-in-chief, Giselle Greenwood, moderated the panel of experts comprised of Matteson Hamilton, Managing Director & Partner of Stream Realty Partners; Simmi Jaggi, Managing Director and National Lead Land Advisory Services at JLL; and Grant Walker, Senior Director of the retail broker division at Lee & Associates – Houston. Click here for our key takeaways from the webinar.
 
2020 AM Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 12 Attorneys were named Super Lawyers from Andrews Myers, including four in select Top Lists.
 

Click here for a full list of our Super Lawyers

Bankruptcy
How the CARES Act Helps Small Businesses in Bankruptcy
by Patrick Kelly  Small businesses continue to grapple with a mix of cautious optimism and apprehension about the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a poll conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 70% of small business owners are concerned about financial hardship due to prolonged closures, while 58% are worried about having to permanently close their business.
 
As small businesses continue to evaluate how to remain profitable long-term, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides expanded bankruptcy relief for small business owners seeking to re-organize under the Small Business Reorganization Act (the “SBRA”). ... Read More
 
About Andrews Myers
Where to find Andrews Myers next month
11/03 - AGC Austin Membership Luncheon
11/06 - AGC Houston Webinar - Crisis Communications with Tony Stergio
11/10 - ABC Central Texas Legislative Update
11/10 - Houston Contractors Association Employee Handbooks & Policies with Tony Stergio
11/12 - SPONSOR : Houston Contractors Association Clay Shoot Tournament
11/19 - BKD | Andrews Myers Mergers & Acquisitions Webinar
Celebrating 30 Years in 2020
Founded in 1990, with offices in Houston and Austin, Andrews Myers, Attorneys at Law, is a corporate law firm and recognized market leader in Texas construction law.  The firm focuses on the concentrated disciplines of commercial litigation, construction, commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, with additional emphasis on related issues including bankruptcy and insolvency, energy, employment and capital formation. A seasoned team of attorneys provides timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems facing entrepreneurs and middle-market industry leaders throughout the state and the nation. For more information please visit www.andrewsmyers.com.
COVID-19 Updates
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