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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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LP Names

June 20, 2016

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...

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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...

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Team

June 3, 2016

Fears | Nachawati is a team of dedicated attorneys and staff who take a unique approach to the practice of law. We focus on our clients’ needs and believe in being approachable, responsive, effective and trustworthy. Building successful relationships with our clients allows us to more effectively represent them and address their needs. Learn a little bit about our partners, attorneys and staff below. We look...

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Non-Compete Agreements

May 20, 2016

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...

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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...

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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...

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Trademark Renewal

May 1, 2016

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...

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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...

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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...

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The Trademark Totem Pole

April 1, 2016

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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The Pradaxa lawsuit has inspired the lawsuits against Xarelto’s manufacturer for similar injuries sustained. Both drugs were designed, developed, and marketed as better alternatives to Coumedin. The main benefit was eliminating the requirement of constant blood tests which was both time-consuming and annoying for patients. Since both drugs were created, internal bleeding and even death have occurred among users. Lawsuits by both users of the...

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Most companies that start a website do not think about the potential liability issues that come with starting a website. There is lots of potential for both trademark and copyright infringement on websites, especially when there will be user posted content on the website. In order to avoid these issues or at least limit liability, a company launching a website should designate an agent for...

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If you are a small business owner that intends to and has maintained a business in one state, you can likely qualify for a state trademark registration.  Most states allow for registration of a product or business name as a state trademark; which is typically much less than a federal trademark registration.  If your business never plans on leaving the state you are currently located...

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  You may think that having meeting minutes as a single member limited liability company seems arbitrary…but there are several reasons why you should formally document fundamental business transactions. Chapter 101 of the Texas Business Organizations Code, which governs limited liability companies, does not explicitly require formalities such as meeting minutes. So why would you want to voluntarily take on additional paperwork? The attractive feature...

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It is a disturbing reality that some protected classes of employees will find themselves in a discriminatory or harassing situation at some point in their career.  Even more distressing is that the offender may even be a supervisor or manager.  Fortunately, we as a society have gone to great lengths combating bias in the workplace in the effort to create an equal and fair environment....

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On the morning of Friday February 12, 2016, two people were seriously injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision in the Bryan-College Station area.  According to officials, the car accident took place near the intersection of Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Raymond Stotzer Parway.  Authorities stated that Tucker Ford, a 25 year old male of College Station, Texas, was driving a Ford Explorer northbound...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm personal injury legal team appeared in the 44th Judicial District Court in Dallas County under Presiding Judge, the Honorable Carlos R. Cortez, to litigate for their client, Donald R. Maddox. The civil case of Donald R. Maddox v. Inland Truck Parts Company developed as a result of a mechanical failure. On October 4, 2010,...

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Heart & Sole 5K 2014

February 17, 2014

On Saturday February 15, 2014, Fears Nachawati Law Firm attorneys and other team members served the community in the Heart & Sole 5K Race. The Beneficiary for this race was the Foundation of the Education of Young Women.

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Attorney Bryan Fears and Attorney Majed Nachawati, co-founding partners of the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, have been selected to be on the exclusive list of Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars for 2014. This is a very prestigious and exclusive award; less than 2.5% of all Texas licensed attorneys are chosen for this list. 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year (2010 – 2014) that Mr....

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Attorney Bryan Fears; co-founding partner of Fears | Nachawati, completed the 38th Annual Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 27, 2013; in Washington, D.C. As the third largest U.S. marathon and the eighth largest worldwide, the mission of the Marine Corps Marathon is to promote physical fitness, community involvement, and quality of life enhancement for military members and their families. This race marks the first...

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On Friday, October 18, 2013, Attorney Andrea Perez was invited to be a guest speaker at the Art Institute of Dallas and presented a seminar for photography students titled “smART: Becoming a Prepared Photographer,” as part of her involvement with Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. During her lecture, Attorney Perez stressed the importance of obtaining the correct contracts for starting a business, with...

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Bryan Fears, the co-founding partner of Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, was recently nominated to the John C. Ford American Inn of Court as a Barrister member. Membership in this organization is exclusive, as candidates must be nominated by current peers and voted on prior to acceptance into the organization.  The John C. Ford Inn of Court has five sub-groups, including the Barristers, which consists...

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Majed Nachawati, a founding partner of Fears | Nachawati, and a Leaders Forum member of The American Association for Justice recently attended and spoke as the moderator in connection with the Transvaginal Mesh Continuing Legal Education Seminar held during the 2013 Annual AAJ Convention in San Francisco, California. The AAJ Convention is a five day long convention where the nation’s top attorneys are invited to...

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  On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Fears | Nachawati Law Firm Counsel Garnett Hendrix  and his personal injury  legal team, appeared in the 160th District Court in Dallas County under Presiding Judge, the Honorable Jim Jordan, to litigate for their client; Plaintiff Deron Taylor. The case of Deron T.  Taylor  v.  Clifton R. Carr and Native Oil Field Services, LLC, developed as a result of...

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We are happy to announce that effective today, July 1st, the Raggio Law Firm has merged with Fears | Nachawati. Attorney John Raggio will be joining our firm as the partner in charge of our firm’s Criminal Defense and Family Law practice areas. John has nearly a decade of experience in both practice areas and his most recent victory was an acquittal following a driving...

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Over the weekend, the Fears | Nachawati office attended the 2013 musical production of “Downtown Att’y” presented by Bar None. Bar None is an annual variety show sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting the Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. The show is written, directed, and performed by attorneys, judges, paralegals,...

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We are proud to announce that partner Majed Nachawati has recently been appointed to the District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. This appointment is very prestigious, as less than 400 volunteer attorneys and public members are appointed to 17 grievance committees across the state. As part of his new role, Mr. Nachawati will be responsible for ensuring that attorneys throughout the state...

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John W. Raggio

April 1, 2013

Dallas area attorney John W. Raggio, J.D., specializes in criminal defense and family law litigation.  His practice is courtroom intensive and frequently involves trials and contested hearings before a judge and jury.  Because every case involves unique legal and factual circumstances, Mr. Raggio and his staff seek to provide individualized legal services tailored to each client’s specific needs.  We take pride in our personalized and...

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On February 13, 2013, Majed Nachawati, a founding firm partner and head of  the firm’s personal injury and drug litigation sections, was an invited speaker at the 2013 Winter Convention of the American Association for Justice, the chief nationwide organization of attorneys representing personal injury claimants, held in Miami, Florida. The subject on which Mr. Nachawati spoke during the seminar was “Conquering Negotiation and Settlement...

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