Gardere Helps Defeat Lawsuit Protesting Wet-Dry Election Results

Sep 08, 2011, 13:52 ET from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

DALLAS, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP helped convince a state district judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Proposition 1, a proposal to allow the legal sale of beer and wine in Dallas.

The proposition earned landslide approval in the November 2010 election, but business owners threatened by the expansion of beer and wine sales responded by filing a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results.

Gardere successfully represented Keep the Dollars in Dallas, a consortium of community leaders, real estate developers and restaurateurs.

"Unidentified business interests" alleged in the lawsuit that the Dallas City Council did not certify signatures on a petition in support of the vote. The suit was dismissed on Friday, September 2, and the will of the public was upheld.

"It is always refreshing to argue a cause so strongly supported by the public," says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. "As a result of Dewey, Brett and Jim's hard work, the decision of Dallas voters will stand."

Gardere's Dewey Brackin, a Partner in the Firm's Government Affairs and Corporate groups, and Trial Partner Brett Lamb led Keep the Dollars in Dallas' case. Associate Jim Scott argued the summary judgment motion to dismiss the suit.

"Victory is gratifying," says Lamb. "Not only because we pleased our client but also because we did some public good."

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm founded in 1909 and one of the Southwest's largest full-service law firms, has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Mexico City. Gardere provides legal services to private and public companies and individuals in areas of corporate, energy, environmental, government affairs, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, tax, and financial services.

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