|[August 22, 2014]
Fish & Richardson Wins Dallas Appeals Court Ruling that Upholds Mark Cuban Court Victory in Perot Jr. Lawsuit
DALLAS --(Business Wire)--
Mark Cuban is winning again even though his team doesn't officially
begin the 2014-15 NBA season for another month. Yesterday, the 5th
Court of Appeals in Dallas upheld a trial court's decision to dismiss a
lawsuit filed against the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks that
alleged the team was being mismanaged.
Mr. Cuban was sued by interests controlled by former Mavericks owner
Ross Perot Jr., who is now a minority owner of the team. The lawsuit
originally was dismissed in 2011 by 192nd District Court
Judge Craig Smith in Dallas, who denied Mr. Perot's request for a
court-appointed receivership and threw out his remaining claims.
The dismissal followed a summary judgment motion filed by Mr. Cuban's
legal team from Fish
& Richardson led by Dallas managing principal Tom
Melsheimer. The motion, which featured a photo of Mr. Cuban and his
team hoisting the 2011 NBA Championship trophy, became a viral sensation
that was featured in international news coverage and described in media
accounts as "The
Greatest Legal Brief in the History of Jurisprudence" and "The
Greatest Legal Filing Ever." One legal journal recognized the brief
by honoring Mr. Melsheimer with an exemplary legal writing award.
"We are extremely pleased that the appeals court agreed that this
lawsuit should not proceed," says Mr. Melsheimer. "The Dallas Mavericks
are one of the most successful franchises in the league, and Mark Cuban
is a key part of that success. Mr. Perot's claims that this team was
mismanaged are ludicrous."
Since Mr. Cuban took over the Mavericks in 2000, in addition to winning
the NBA Championship, the team has been a consistent contender before
sellout crowds. The Mavericks currently are ranked as one of the 10 most
valuable franchises in the league by the publishers of Forbes
To interview Mr. Melsheimer about the appeals court win for Mr.
Cuban and "the greatest legal brief," please contact Mike Androvett at
800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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