Samara L. Kline


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Federal Courts

  • Environmental regulatory: Lead appellate counsel for national and statewide industry groups’ successful challenge to EPA’s disapprovals of Texas air permitting programs under the Clean Air Act. See State of Texas v. EPA, 690 F.3d 670 (5th Cir. 2012); Luminant Generation Co. v. EPA, 675 F.3d 915 (5th Cir. 2012); Luminant Generation Co. v. EPA, 714 F.3d 841 (5th Cir. 2013); BCCA Appeal Group v. EPA, No. 10-60459, 2012 WL 2299504 (5th Cir. June 15, 2012); North Dakota v. E.P.A., 730 F.3d 750 (8th Cir. 2013) (successful challenge to EPA disapproval of North Dakota’s determinations under regional haze provisions of Clean Air Act)
  • Intellectual property: Ultratec, Inc. v. CaptionCall, LLC, 611 F. App'x 720 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (affirming stay of district court damages judgment pending final resolution of IPR proceeding in which PTAB invalidated patents underlying judgment);Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, 603 F. App'x 1010 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (overruling precedent regarding the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112, para. 6); SynTest Techs., Inc. v. Cisco Sys., Inc., 607 F. App'x 996 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (summary affirmance for client Cisco); Greenville Commc’ns, LLC v. Cellco Partnership, 2013 WL 2126470 (Fed. Cir., May 17, 2013) (affirming summary judgment for client in patent case); Technology Patents LLC v. T-Mobile et al., 700 F.3d 482 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (same); Ring Plus, Inc. v. Cingular Wireless Corp., 614 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (same); Oracle Corp. v. Parallel Networks, LLC, 2010 WL 1709308 (Fed. Cir. April 28, 2010) (successful appeal from summary judgment of non-infringement); Halliburton Energy Services v. Weatherford Int’l, Northern District of Texas (appellate counsel for team that won $35 million jury verdict for infringement of downhole drilling tool patent).
  • Class actions: Weiner v. Snapple Beverage Corp., 2010 WL 3119452 (S.D.N.Y. August 5, 2010) (denying class certification in consumer action challenging beverage labeling) 
  • Bankruptcy: Lead appellate counsel on more than a dozen separate appellate matters arising from complex chapter 11 bankruptcy. See, e.g, In re ASARCO LLC, 420 B.R. 314 (S.D.Tex. 2009); In re ASARCO, 2009 WL 1392627 (S.D. Tex. May 15, 2009); In re ASARCO, 2009 WL 1321261 (S.D. Tex. May 12, 2009) 
  • Arbitration: Bulko v. Morgan Stanley, 450 F.3d 622 (5th Cir. 2006) (successful appeal from order vacating favorable arbitration award) 
  • Business Disputes: Fluor Corp. v. Citadel Equity Fund, Ltd., 413 F. App'x 756, 757 (5th Cir. 2011) (affirming judgment for client Fluor in appeal arising from interpretation an indenture agreements);True North Composites, LLC v. Trinity Indus., Inc., 2003 WL 21206154 (Fed. Cir. May 21, 2003) (involving breach of contract to manufacture railcars)
  • Employment: Washington v. Atmos Energy Corp., 2007 WL 2493492 (5th Cir. Sept. 4, 2007) (appellee in case affirming dismissal of section 1983 claims) 
  • Antitrust: Taylor Publishing v. Jostens, Inc., 216 F.3d 465 (5th Cir. 2000) (affirming grant of JNOV for defendant)

State Courts

  • Business Disputes: Associated Air Ctr. LP v. Tary Network Ltd., No. 05-13-00685-CV, 2015 WL 970664, at *1 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Mar. 4, 2015) (obtaining reversal of $38 million judgment for aviation-industry client); City of Brownsville v. Golden Spread Coop, 192 S.W.3d 876 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 2006) (successful appeal in contract dispute between co-owners of electrical generating plant); James L. Gang & Assoc. v. Abbott Labs, Inc., 198 S.W.3d 434 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 2006) (affirming summary judgment on claims for breach of contract and fraud); Panda Energy Corp. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 91 S.W.3d 29 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 2002) (relating to anti-suit injunction); Shell Oil Prods Co. v. Main Street Ventures LLC, 90 S.W.3d 375 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 2002) (successful appeal from adverse jury verdict in case alleging breach of contract and fraud)
  • EnvironmentalEnvtl. Processing Sys., L.C. v. FPL Farming Ltd., No. 12-0905, 2015 WL 496336 (Tex. Feb. 6, 2015) (amicus brief for Texas Oil and Gas Association regarding claim for trespass based on subsurface migration); Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Ford, 71 A.3d 105 (Md. 2013) (amicus brief for U.S. Chamber of Commerce regarding damages issues in toxic tort case); Texas Comm'n on Envtl. Quality v. Bonser-Lain, 438 S.W.3d 887 (Tex. App.—Austin 2014) (amicus brief regarding public trust doctrine for Texas Association of Business in appeal from denial of petition for rulemaking)
  • Professional Liability: Grant Thornton LLP v. Prospect High Income Fund, 314S.W.3d 913, (Tex. 2010) (rendering judgment for Grant Thornton, rejecting holder claims as issue of first impression, and clarifying limited scope of professional liability to non-clients); Sterling Trust Co. v. Adderley, 168 S.W.3d 835 (Tex. 2005) (prepared amicus brief for Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants in case involving interpretation of Texas Securities Act); Tara Capital Partners v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP, 2004 WL 1119947 (Tex. App. -- Dallas May 20, 2004) (affirming summary judgment for auditor) 
  • Property Disputes: Marcus Cable Associates, L.P. v. Krohn, 90 S.W.3d 697 (Tex. 2002) (relating to scope of utility easement) 
  • Torts: AOL, Inc. v. Malouf, No. 05-13-01637-CV, 2015 WL 1535669, at *1 (Tex. App. -- Dallas April 2, 2015) (successful appeal for media defendant in defamation action involving anti-SLAPP statute); Plunkett v. Connecticut Gen. Life Ins., 285 S.W.3d 106 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 2009, pet. denied) (affirming summary judgment for defendant on claims arising from alleged mold contamination)
  • Bankruptcy: Browning v. Prostok, 165 S.W.3d 336 (Tex. 2005) (reversing and rendering judgment for former officers and directors of National Gypsum Company on ground that suit was collateral attack on confirmation order) 
  • Fraudulent Transfer: Ausimont USA, Inc. v. Environmental Materials Corp, 2006 WL 1476897 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. May 31, 2006) (affirming judgment for defendant following bench trial) 
  • Jurisdiction: CNOOC Southeast Asia LTD v. Paladin Resources (Sunda) Limited, 222 S.W.3d 889 (Tex. App. -- Dallas April 24, 2007) (successful appellee in case affirming exercise of jurisdiction over Chinese oil company) 
  • Employment: W.R. Grace & Co. v. Taylor, 2007 WL 1438544 (Tex. App. -- Houston May 17, 2007) (affirming denial of temporary injunction on ground that covenant not to compete was unenforceable); Strickland v. Medtronic, Inc., 97 S.W.3d 835 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 2003) (reversing judgment based on unenforceable covenant not to compete) 
  • Residential Construction Warranties: Centex Homes v. Buecher, 95 S.W.3d 266 (Tex. 2002) (clarifying implied warranties in residential construction)