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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Fears Nachawati

February 24, 2017 5:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts We are proud to report that the Texas Supreme Court has ruled today in favor of our client, who was the victim of a workplace sexual assault. In B.C. V. Steak N Shake, Fears Nachawati Partner Matthew McCarley served as trial counsel and fought to ensure justice for our client. The Dallas Court of Appeals originally held that victims of workplace violence and assaults were...

Fears Nachawati is Representing Former NFL players in CTE and Concussion Related Cases

October 18, 2016 8:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears Nachawati is proudly representing former NFL players and their families in the tragic cases of CTE and other concussion related injuries.  If you or someone you care about is a former NFL player, please contact us at intake@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 214.890.0711. We will evaluate your case and make sure you get the best possible settlement with no money out of your pocket....

Fears Nachawati Attorneys Selected to 2016 Super Lawyers List

October 4, 2016 1:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears Nachawati Law Firm is proud to announce that Partner Majed Nachawati has been selected to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by receive this honor. Additionally, Partners Bryan Fears and John Raggio, were both selected to the 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service...

Fears Nachawati Partner to Serve as Mentor to Law School Students

August 31, 2016 9:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears Nachawati Law Firm is pleased to announce that founding partner Majed Nachawati has taken a position as a Mentor in the Louis A. Bedford, Jr. Mentorship Program at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. The mentorship program provides UNT Dallas College of Law students the opportunity to meet and talk with lawyers on a regular basis in addition to their regular...

Fears Nachawati Takes on Texas Wrongful Death Case

August 25, 2016 4:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Accident Information On August 3, 2016, a Texarkana man was tragically killed in Sabine County, Texas as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer and an unoccupied vehicle.  Jerry Lee Woods, 58, was the driver of a 2006 tractor trailer carrying a load of asphalt and paving equipment.  It appears that the tractor trailer’s brakes malfunctioned which prevented Woods from stopping...

Majed Nachawati Nominated to American Inn of Court

August 18, 2016 2:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati Law Firm is proud to announce that founding partner Majed Nachawati has been nominated to become a member of the William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. The goal of the Inn of Court...

Majed Nachawati reappointed to the Board of Directors of The Public Justice Foundation

August 8, 2016 5:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati Law Firm is proud to announce that founding partner Majed Nachawati has been reappointed to the Board of Directors of The Public Justice Foundation. Public Justice’s mission as a non-profit organization and public interest law firm is to pursue high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the sustainability of the Earth, and challenge predatory conduct and government abuses. The...

Majed Nachawati Reappointed as Panel Chairman

August 4, 2016 8:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati Law Firm Partner, Majed Nachawati, has been reappointed as Panel Chairman on Panel 2, District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. This appointment is highly prestigious and is held by only a handful of lawyers throughout Texas.  The Grievance Committee’s job is to make sure that attorneys throughout the state of Texas uphold the integrity of the practice of...

Trade Names

June 25, 2016 9:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Can I register a trade name? Texas law does not provide for registration of a business’s trade name, whether that business is incorporated or unincorporated. Individuals and unincorporated entities that do business using an assumed name (often referred to as a “dba”) must file an assumed name certificate with the county clerk in each county in which business premises are maintained. If a Corporation, LLC,...

LP Names

June 20, 2016 9:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Can a corporate general partner of an LP have the same name as the limited partnership, except for the organizational identifier, i.e., “Co.,” “Corp.,” or “Inc.”? No. Filing entities cannot have names that are the same or deceptively similar, even if they are related companies or can obtain a letter of consent. Organizational identifiers, such as “Corporation,” “Inc.,” “Ltd.,” “L.L.C.,” etc., do not distinguish names...

What is a “Series LLC”?

June 13, 2016 8:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts In Texas, a “Series LLC” is a limited liability company that is organized under Texas law that permits it to have one or more separate series of members, managers, limited liability company interests or assets with separate rights, powers, or duties and with respect to which the debts, liabilities and obligations and expenses existing with respect to a particular series may be enforced only against...

Purpose and Structure of the LLC

June 10, 2016 5:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Under Texas law, a limited liability company can operate for “any lawful purpose or purposes not expressly prohibited under chapter 2 of title 1 or title 3 of the Business Organizations Code.” Thus, as the business grows, the company is able to operate for multiple purposes, provide multiple lines of goods, offer a variety of services and more. Many small business owners start with one...

Non-Compete Agreements

May 20, 2016 10:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Non-compete agreements are popular mechanisms to restrain competition of both current and former employees and can be effective documents to obtain an employee’s pledge of loyalty and commitment to the company. Employers wishing to prevent their employees from working for a direct competitor during and after the term of employment may draft these agreements in an overly broad manner to deter employees from taking competing...

Protections Under ADA – What Are Some Ins and Outs?

May 20, 2016 9:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts One of the more common adverse actions experienced by employees are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Because of the broad and inclusive nature of this act, a necessary step in protecting the vast range of disabilities an employee may have, it can sometimes be hard to fully interpret and know when one has become the victim of discrimination as outlined in...

What is Title VII and What are its Implications?

May 18, 2016 9:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts One common issue amongst people who find themselves in a bad work environment is a pervasive misunderstanding of what statutory qualifications must be met to be the victim of discriminatory employment practices, at least according the Civil Rights Act. This is not saying that discrimination cannot come in many forms, but it must be taken into account that there are numerous laws and acts that...

Trademark Renewal

May 1, 2016 9:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Unlike copyrights, where most registrations last for life of owner plus seventy years, trademarks must actively be renewed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Once you receive your registration certificate, you can rest easy for some time – five years to be exact. After five years, you will be required to file a Section 8 Declaration of Continued Use. You may receive...

The Supplemental Trademark Register

April 20, 2016 8:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts According to Trademark law, marks that are not eligible for registration on the Principle Trademark Register, but are capable of distinguishing an applicant’s goods or services, may be registered on the Supplemental Register (TMEP §§815).  Most small business owners and others filing for Trademark protection have never heard of the Supplemental Register, but it can often be helpful to Trademark applicants.  The Supplemental Register can...

Trademark Applications: Currently Used in Commerce: 1(a) vs. Intent to Use: 1(b)

April 13, 2016 8:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Under the United States Trademark laws, there are two different types of trademark applications available for trademark registration. The first is referred to as a 1(a) or currently in use in commerce application. The other is a 1(b) or intent to use application. There are advantages and disadvantages to each application, which all small business owners should know before they decide to file for trademark...

The Trademark Totem Pole

April 1, 2016 8:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts According to Trademark law in the United States, there is a continuum, or Trademark Totem Pole, as I refer to it, by which trademarks are classified. The upmost protection is afforded to the marks at the top of the pole, while those marks at the bottom of the totem pole are afforded little or no protection. Fanciful marks are marks that have no meaning or...
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Should I Talk to the Detective that Contacted me About a Possible Crime?

March 10, 2016 6:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts People frequently contact our office after they have been arrested and charged with a crime. But in certain situations we could have prevented the charges from being brought all together. Many people unintentionally harm themselves by discussing their case with a detective. When a detective calls you in reference to a criminal matter, you should always contact your attorney before providing a statement of any...

Fears | Nachawati Sponsors Junior League Ball

March 9, 2016 6:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati recently sponsored the Junior League of Dallas’ Annual Ball. We are proud to help support local, community organizations such this one. The Junior League of Dallas is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Please visit https://www.jld.net/ for more information about how the...

Fears | Nachawati Case to be Reviewed by Supreme Court

February 26, 2016 9:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati Law Firm is proud to report that The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to review a civil case where our client was the victim of a workplace sexual assault – B.C. v. Steak N Shake.  Fears Nachawati Partner, Matthew McCarley, is trial counsel and worked with appellate counsel, Matt Kita, in the fight to ensure our client received Justice.  The Dallas Court...

Fears | Nachawati Loves Girl Scouts

February 18, 2016 6:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati had the wonderful opportunity to host a couple of local Girl Scouts in the office who were selling their famous cookies to raise money for their organization. Employees were ecstatic to buy their cookies and the girls had a fun time and a great learning experience going around the office and selling them. If you are interested in buying cookies or for...

Fears | Nachawati Co-founder Makes Donation to Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund

February 15, 2016 4:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Majed Nachawati, a co-founder of Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, recently completed a three month term as The Grand Jury Foreman of a Dallas County Grand Jury.  In honor of the fine job the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office does on a daily basis, Mr. Nachawati has donated 100% of the income he received to The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. The CVC is administered...

Fears | Nachawati Helps With North Texas Tornado Relief Efforts

February 11, 2016 10:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears Nachawati partners Matthew McCarley and Majed Nachawati recently had the opportunity to assist with the north Texas tornado relief efforts in the city of Farmersville. They spent the day with other volunteers cleaning up the wreckage left from the tornadoes that occurred December 26th. If you are interested in helping the tornado victims, please visit the Red Cross website below to find out how...

Fears Nachawati Partner is Appointed to Legal Ethics Committee

January 14, 2016 6:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts We are proud to announce Fears | Nachawati Partner, Majed Nachawati, has recently been appointed to the Legal Ethics Committee by the Dallas Bar Association for the 2016 year. The Legal Ethics Committee is responsible for facilitating and planning ethics presentations for Dallas County Attorneys on an annual basis.   As a member of the ethics committee, Mr. Nachawati is proud to dedicate his time and...

Happy Holidays from Fears | Nachawati Law Firm

December 23, 2015 7:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Happy Holidays from everybody at Fears | Nachawati! We celebrated the holidays by wearing our ugliest Christmas sweaters and getting together for a White Elephant gift exchange. Fears Nachawati also hosted a toy drive for the Community Partners of Dallas and their Last Stop Holiday Shop. The Last Stop Holiday Shop provides toys to children who come into their care last minute and have no...

Fears | Nachawati Attorneys Selected to 2015 Super Lawyers List

November 24, 2015 11:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears Nachawati Law Firm is proud to announce that Partner Majed Nachawati has been selected to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by receive this honor.  Additionally, Partners Bryan Fears and John Raggio, were both selected to the 2015 Super Lawyer Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service...

Fears | Nachawati Retained by Family of Elderly Couple Killed by Drunk Driver

November 18, 2015 11:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati Law Firm has been retained by the family of an elderly couple who were killed by a drunk driver earlier this month in a Fort Worth neighborhood. The other driver was arrested at the scene on charges of intoxication manslaughter.  The couple’s family is still seeking answers regarding the crash and has turned to Fears| Nachawati Partner, Majed Nachawati to hold the...

Fears | Nachawati Sponsors Praise the Lake Brunch

November 9, 2015 5:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts On Sunday, November 8th, Fears | Nachawati Law Firm sponsored The 3rd Annual Praise the Lake Brunch benefiting The White Rock Lake Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist the Park and Recreation Department in restoration, improvement, maintenance, and preservation of the lake’s natural health and beauty for the benefit of the people and wildlife. Check out www.whiterocklakefoundation.org/ to join or learn more. Our team members...

Partner Matthew McCarley Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in IVC Filter Litigation

September 16, 2015 6:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Matthew McCarley, a partner at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters manufactured by Cook Group, Inc.   IVC Filters were implanted to prevent blood clots from becoming coronary or pulmonary embolisms. However, reports first surfaced in 2005, that the radial arms and struts of the retrievable filters...

Fears | Nachawati Law Firm Sponsors Feed My Starving Children Volunteering Event

August 25, 2015 9:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Fears | Nachawati Law Firm proudly sponsored Feed My Starving Children’s volunteering event this past weekend at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization committed to eliminating poverty and starvation around the world by providing food for malnourished children. Employees and their families had the opportunity to help pack meals for starving children across the world.

Partner Majed Nachawati appointed as Panel Chairman of State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee

July 7, 2015 6:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts We are proud to announce that Fears | Nachawati Law Firm Partner, Majed Nachawati, has recently been appointed as Panel Chairman on Panel 2, District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. This appointment is highly prestigious, as the position is filled based up on nominations from other grievance committee members, and ultimately appointed by the Committee Chair.  The Committee’s job is to...

Fears Nachawati Participates in Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

March 26, 2015 9:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts On Sunday, March 22, 2015, the partners, Bryan Fears and Majed Nachawati, at Fears Nachawati Law Firm participated in the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. The partners have competed in many half marathons around the Dallas area, but we agree that the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is definitely a favorite! The beneficiary of the event was the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Congratulations...

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