Legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens was 88 years old when he went to court in Pecos against another energy giant, J. Cleo Thompson. Hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake. It was Pickens’ last public fight and it featured fireworks and big-time trial lawyers, including Pickens’ handpicked attorney, Chrysta Castañeda. In their new book, Castañeda and co-author Loren Steffy provide extraordinary insight into Pickens and his last trial. The Texas Lawbook is pleased to provide this exclusive excerpt.
The Texas Supreme Court has recently been shooting holes in the basic principle that any evidence forming the basis of a decision must have been admitted in a trial court – particularly in contract disputes. Chrysta Castañeda of The Castañeda Firm explains the potential impact on cases going forward.