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PATTERSON v. MOBIL OIL CORP., 02-40698

A judge's failure to recuse himself was not an abuse of discretion and amounted to harmless error. RICO claims that defendant fraudulently represented that it was a subscriber under Texas workers' compensation laws, which caused plaintiffs to forgo negligence lawsuits against defendant, are dismissed at summary judgment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/08/2003
  • Published 07/08/2003

Judges

  • EMILIO M. GARZA, Circuit Judge:, Before EMILIO M. GARZA and DeMOSS, Circuit Judges, and DUVAL, District Judge.

Court

  • United States Fifth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Gilbert T. Adams, Jr., Law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams, Beaumont, TX, Craig Smyser, Larry R. Veselka, Justin M. Waggoner, Asim M. Bhansali (argued), Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, Houston, TX, for Patterson, Ballenger and Whitehead., David Michael Gunn (argued), David J. Beck, Thomas Edward Ganucheau, Fields Alexander, Beck, Redden & Secrest, Jennifer Bruch Hogan, Hogan, Dubose & Townsend, Houston, TX, for Mobil Oil Corp. and Mobil Corp., Harvey Ferguson, Jr., Chaves, Gonzales & Hoblit, San Antonio, TX, for Forum Ins. Co., Lipscomb David Norvell, Jr., Benckenstein, Norvell & Nathan, Beaumont, TX, for Matouse and Gronwaldt., Robert B. Wellenberger, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, Dallas, TX, Gregory Duane Smith, Ramey & Flock, Tyler, TX, for National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, AIG Nat. Ins. Co., AIG Risk Management Inc., AIG Inc., Energy Printing Inc., American Home Assur. Co. and Insurance Co. of State of PA.