Paul R. Elliott

Deputy General Counsel Special Counsel

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Houston

P: +1.713.229.1226 F: +1.713.229.2726

Energy Litigation and Arbitration Disputes

  • Confidential – international arbitration (Dubai) relating to the supply of security services in Afghanistan, with complete dismissal of opponents’ $50 million claim and award to client of $44 million
  • Lyondell – multiple domestic and international arbitrations involving global chemical joint ventures and award to client of $121 million
  • Drummond Coal –dispute over lease and value of coal and coalbed methane in Illinois Basin
  • Australian­American Energy Co. – injunction and arbitration action involving coal­-to-liquids project
  • Imperial Sugar – action seeking to enforce coal supply agreement
  • NRG – arbitrations of disputes over lignite supply and coal pricing
  • Noble Drilling – dispute concerning $150 million upgrade and agreement for a deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig
  • Dynegy – injunction action concerning acquisition of Enron pipeline
  • HL&P – defense of fraud and breach of contract claims involving lignite leases with lost profit claims of $1 billion
  • HL&P – disputes concerning long-­term lignite and coal supply for an electrical generation station
  • Occidental Chemical – dispute concerning environmental indemnification, cost sharing and liability as part of an asset purchase agreement
  • StarTex Power - dispute over tax sharing provisions in merger agreement

Tax Controversy and Estate Litigation

  • Confidential – U.S. Tax Court trial against IRS concerning valuation of the estate’s ownership in a Major League Baseball franchise
  • Exterran/Archrock – litigation in over a thousand cases throughout Texas over ad valorem valuation of oilfield compressors as dealer heavy equipment inventory
  • GDF Suez – property tax dispute over value of coal-fired generating plant
  • HL&P – ad valorem taxation of lignite reserves used as fuel for electric generating facility
  • Confidential – multiple litigation matters involving trusts and estates of $1.5 billion
  • Confidential – shareholder dispute among heirs to estate and business

Securities and Other Complex Litigation

  • Boeing – defense of whistleblower and qui tam action involving the NASA Space Shuttle program
  • Leading Energy Company – internal investigation and defense of potential SEC and U.S. Attorney actions
  • Lyondell – defense of multiple securities actions involving $12.2 billion merger with Basell
  • Cobalt – defense of federal and state securities class actions involving FCPA issues
  • Willbros – defense of federal and state securities actions
  • CCH – trade secret dispute involving state legislation software
  • Glenmede Trust – defense of securities and derivative action
  • Mesa Inc. – defense of class and derivative actions alleging securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract
  • Pennzoil – injunction action concerning merger with Shell

Pharmaceutical Litigation

  • Merck & Co., Inc. – multistate defense of products liability claims involving pediatric vaccines
  • Merck & Co., Inc. – defense of products liability litigation involving refocoxib (Vioxx™)
  • Leading pharmaceutical manufacturer – pre­launch litigation risk assessment of proposed new drug
  • Leading pharmaceutical manufacturer – national counsel for vaccine products liability litigation
  • Knoll Pharmaceuticals – multiple state and class actions involving RICO and antitrust claims concerning levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid™)
  • Roche – breach of contract action involving diabetes testing devices and alleged lost profits of $353 million