Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 60 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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The number of class certification opinions in Texas appellate courts slowed to a trickle in 2011. It appears that trial courts around the state have now adapted to the strict class certification standards announced by the Texas Supreme Court more than a decade ago in Southwestern Refining Co., Inc. v. Bernal.2 As a result, for the first time in recent memory, the Texas Supreme Court did not issue a single opinion addressing class certification standards. Furthermore, only two lower appellate court cases addressed class certification. Class action jurisprudence has matured in Texas and as a result, the long predicted demise of Texas class actions may have become a reality.3
II. Overview of 2011 Case Law
A. Class Certification Standards
Only one court of appeals addressed class certification standards in 2011. In Riemer v. The State of Texas,4 the Amarillo Court of Appeals addressed potential conflicts in a proposed class before affirming the trial court’s denial of a motion for class certification. The appeal concerned an interlocutory order denying class certification in a dispute between landowners and the State of Texas over the boundaries of the Canadian River.5 The plaintiffs alleged an unconstitutional taking of their property by the State when it redefined the centerline and banks of the river.6
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