Korean Steel Manufacturer Sanctioned, Forced to Face Breach of Contract Lawsuit in Houston
May 31, 2017
HOUSTON – A Harris County judge denied a Korean steel manufacturer’s attempt to avoid a lawsuit and sanctioned the company and its lawyers $22,000 for misrepresentations in their court filings in a fraud and breach of contract case brought by AZA’s client, a national pipeline and storage company.
The 133rd District Court in Harris County found that the Korean company attempted to avoid the court’s jurisdiction by fabricating information and presenting the court with a false affidavit from a witness. The judge found that the Korean company forced AZA to travel to South Korea to depose that witness, only to discover he did not have the knowledge he swore to in the affidavit.
“The defendant has stalled and stalled in this case, often using trumped-up allegations. The judge finally had a chance to review the falsehoods put forth to the court,” said Adam Milasincic, an associate with Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, who is representing AZA’s client. Mr. Milasincic is handling the case with partner Todd Mensing, of counsel Shawn Bates and associate Mark Holden. The case is set for trial in August.
AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized in Chambers USA 2017 among the best in Texas commercial law; U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for 2017; and Law360 as one of only 13 Texas Powerhouse law firms. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. Read more about the firm at www.azalaw.com.