Summary Judgment Victory

After nearly two years of litigating a third-party lawsuit brought by the Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund (“TASB”) against De Leon & Washburn’s client, Prism Risk Management, LLC (“Prism”), the law firm is pleased to report that on May 30, 2012, Associate Attorney Lauren Schoenbaum secured a victory on Prism’s Traditional and No-Evidence Motion for Summary Judgment against TASB, before The Hon. Stephen Yelenosky, 345th Judicial Civil District Court Judge of Travis County, Texas. Judge Yelenosky ruled from the bench, which is a rare occurrence in the Travis County Civil District Courts. The victory is a perfect example of the collaborative nature of the firm at work: Vice President and Managing Partner Ben De Leon served as lead counsel throughout the course of the litigation, in which Prism was named as a Third-Party Defendant by TASB on July 13, 2010; but Associate Attorney Lauren Schoenbaum argued at the hearing and secured a victory for Prism. Moreover, Prism was perfectly comfortable with Lauren arguing at the hearing because she had been working directly with Prism and contributing to the case for over a year.

The lawsuit was originally brought by the Simms Independent School District against TASB in 2009.  TASB subsequently named Prism as one of three Third-Party Defendants in connection with Simms’ decision to elect property and casualty insurance coverage through the Texas Schools Property and Casualty Cooperative Intergovernmental Risk Pool instead of TASB for the 2009-2010 school year. TASB alleged that Prism tortiously interfered with TASB’s contract with Simms for the 2009-2010 school year. The Court granted both Prism’s Traditional and No-Evidence Motion for Summary Judgment from the bench on May 30, 2012, finding that TASB provided no genuine issue of material fact, and no evidence to support the elements of its claim of tortious interference with a contractual relationship against Prism.