Over his 41 years of practice, Arthur Landry has obtained numerous results at trial and on appeal which have saved his defense clients hundreds of millions of dollars in exposure and has created new law in both Texas and Louisiana. Representative decisions:
Representing a liability insurer of an oil and gas contractor, obtained a judgment from the Texas Supreme Court allowing the insurer to intervene at the appellate level after the trial court had rendered a judgment against the insured of approximately $40 million. The Supreme Court allowed the insurer to intervene at the appellate level in order to introduce into the case a dispositive choice of law issue which the insured had waived. This is the first case in Texas in which an insurer had been allowed to intervene at the appellate level.
Successfully urged the choice of law issue on appeal, and obtained a judgment in the Court of Appeal and the Texas Supreme Court reversing the $40 million judgment against the insured and denying any recovery to the plaintiff in a case involving a land-based gas blowout, the largest in United States history in terms of the number of casualties. The result also spared the insurer an estimated $25-$35 million in additional exposure.
Obtained summary judgment denying coverage in favor of an insurer in a case involving a class action seeking compensation for property damage and emotional distress due to the failure of hurricane protection levees in Hurricane Katrina.
Obtained a jury verdict in a case involving interpretation of an indemnity and insurance contract providing coverage for numerous deaths and injuries arising out of the explosion of a pressure vessel. In a two week trial on liability, damages and the intent of the parties with respect to which contract applied, the jury rendered a verdict in defendant’s favor, dismissing all claims and preventing approximately $50 million in exposure to the client.