The attorneys of Hartline Barger LLP strongly believe in the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and its mission of ensuring legal aid to those in the Dallas area who cannot otherwise afford it. Through the Dallas Bar Association‘s annual Equal Access to Justice Campaign, law firms across Dallas are given the opportunity to contribute to making this enormous mission a reality. Read the article on the front page of the September 2019 edition of Headnotes below to see why we, like many other area law firms, give.Headnotes-Sept-2019-DBA
An appellate court in Jackson, Tennessee reversed a 2017 jury verdict against Navistar Inc. that held the commercial truck and engine manufacturer liable for $31 million in actual and punitive damages. The underlying trial involved a commercial dispute regarding the reliability of trucks purchased by the plaintiff, Milan Supply Chain Solutions and manufactured by Navistar. Milan argued at trial that Navistar had committed fraud and violated Tennessee’s consumer protection laws when selling 234 Class 8 trucks, claiming that the manufacturer knew the engines on the trucks were defective when they were sold. In the appellate decision filed August 14th, the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson ruled that the trial court erred at least twice, in that the economic loss doctrine barred fraud claims, and the consumer protection act does not cover commercial vehicles. Further, the panel affirmed the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees in favor of co-defendant and dealer Volunteer International, Inc., whom Milan sued without grounds.
Lead trial lawyer, Jeff Patterson, said, “We are relieved and grateful that the Court of Appeals corrected this irrational verdict. In at least seven venues around the country, trial courts and a jury have ruled for Navistar just as this appellate panel did. It’s a shame to have wasted so much in public and private resources on this case.”
In addition to the Hartline Barger team of Jeff Patterson, Clayton Callen and Tyler Stuart, Navistar was represented by Roman Martinez and Kevin Jakopchek of Latham & Watkins LLP, and Eugene N. Bulso Jr. and Paul J. Krog of Leader Bulso & Nolan PLC.
Law 360’s coverage of the decision can be found here (paywall)
As it begins its second quarter century in practice, Texas-based civil litigation and trial firm Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP is excited to announce its new name, Hartline Barger LLP. Along with the name change, the firm has adopted a modern visual identity, including a distinct new logo and refreshed website.
The new brand identity is a direct reflection of the firm’s promise made on its founding 25 years ago: to reject outdated approaches and attitudes, and embrace smarter, simpler, and more efficient solutions. “A long, convoluted name didn’t fit our style,” said firm Managing Partner Larry Grayson. “So we simplified it. It is a natural evolution that mirrors how we practice law.”
As a result of this change:
- The firm’s website and external communications will reflect our new name and logo. The firm website address is now hartlinebarger.com.
- Firm email addresses are now FirstinitialLastname@hartlinebarger.com. Messages sent to previous email addresses will redirect to the current addresses.
Despite the new name and new look, Hartline Barger will continue its tradition of practicing law with a unique Texas sensibility. The firm’s approach – emphasizing efficiency, collaboration, and results – remains the same.
Hartline Barger: Looking forward to another 25 years.
Once again, a substantial number of attorneys from Hartline Barger LLP have earned recognition from their peers by being selected for inclusion in the 2018 Texas Rising Stars® list. Awarded to fewer than 2.5% of lawyers statewide, the Rising Stars designation recognizes attorneys who are under the age of 40, or who have been in practice for no more than 10 years. These annual selections are based on a rigorous, multiphase process, including peer nominations and review, and independent research. Nine of the firm’s attorneys received this recognition, including partners Thomas Jacks and Stephanie Roark, who have each been selected for five or more consecutive years.
Hartline Barger congratulates its attorneys listed in Texas Rising Stars 2018:
- Thomas G. Jacks
- Stephanie J. Roark
- Jeffrey W. Martin
- Roy B. McKay
- Andrew L. Petersen
- Colin L. Powell
- Jake L. Ramsey
- Brian J. Sawyer
- Luke Spencer
About Hartline Barger
Hartline Barger LLP is a Texas-based law firm specializing in civil litigation and trials, with offices in Dallas, Corpus Christi and Houston. The firm’s attorneys pride themselves on providing uncompromising excellence to their clients in a variety of areas, including products liability, commercial litigation, class action and multidistrict litigation, intellectual property, personal-injury defense, premises liability, labor and employment, insurance coverage, healthcare, construction, and dealer/franchise litigation. For more information about Hartline Barger, visit www.hdbdlaw.com.