Firm attorneys Mike Caddell, Cynthia Chapman, and Ben Wickert recently tried a case to a jury in the 430th District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas, as lead counsel on behalf of firm client Valley Builders Supply, Inc. The jury rendered a verdict of $93,528 in pecuniary damages, $1.8 million in reputation damages, and $10 million in exemplary damages as a result of defamatory statements made by defendant Innovative Block of South Texas, Ltd. The verdict resulted in a judgment in excess of $2 million (with much of the exemplary damages award capped by the Texas tort reform statute). The firm entered into a confidential settlement on the exemplary damages award, and the remainder of the judgment is on appeal before the 13th Court of Appeals of Texas.
We limit our practice to representing people we like in causes we believe in. We learned long ago that we perform better as lawyers when we do. Obtaining just compensation for persons injured by the wrongful acts of others is deeply satisfying.