Attorney John Kim Gets $2.9M Judgment Tossed for Energy Clients

SAN ANTONIO ─ Houston civil trial lawyer John H. Kim, founder of The Kim Law Firm and attorney Tim Rothberg, convinced a Texas appeals court to drop a $2.9 million judgment against energy clients High Cotton Holdings LLC and Ranger O&G Operating LLC last week.

The Texas 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio found that the lawyer retained by the two energy companies prior to The Kim Law Firm filed an agreement in a breach of contract lawsuit without signing it, and failed to keep the companies apprised of court events. Due to those actions, both High Cotton and Ranger were not served with the complaint or made aware of the $2.9 million default judgment. The 4th Court of Appeals reversed and rendered the judgments and remanded the case to state court for trial on the merits.  Mr. Rothberg feels “quite confident that High Cotton Holdings LLC and Ranger O & G Operating LLC will finally vanquish the remaining claims in the trial court.”

It was “hocus pocus by the plaintiffs’ lawyers” in getting the $2.9 million default judgment entered against my clients, Mr. Kim told news outlet Law360. “Justice prevailed. Due process doesn’t allow a plaintiff to engage in questionable actions to procure a judgment based upon sheer greed.”

The Law360 article is headlined Texas Appeals Court Tosses $2.9M Judgment Against Oil Cos (subscription required).

The case is Michael Macs et al. v. Christopher Lenahan dba CPL Services, case number 04-17-00033-CV, in the Fourth Court of Appeals of the State of Texas.

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