Drew York

Drew York

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

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Animal House – Can You Own Exotic Animals?

Phil Elliott, wide receiver for the North Dallas Bulls, posts a photograph on Instagram showing his new pet tiger hanging out in his backyard in Preston Hollow. His post goes viral and becomes a hot news topic. The next...more

11/18/2015 - Homeowners PETA Pets Registration Requirement Zoning Laws

Stadium Follies – When Can You Sue the State of Texas?

What a year it has been for the Podunk (Texas) High School football team. After the school opened its new $50 million, 18,000-seat stadium at the beginning of the year, the team has reeled off an undefeated regular season and...more

10/20/2015 - Agricultural Land Government Entities Gross Negligence Negligence Premises Liability Private Property Property Owners School Districts Tort Claims Act

Declaring War on Drones Part Deux: Is a Drone Operator/Owner Liable for Trespassing?

Last month Tilting discussed whether Daisy Duke and her Uncle Jesse faced civil or criminal liability for shooting down Boss Hogg’s drone trespassing over their property. To recap: Daisy Duke was sunbathing by her Uncle...more

9/22/2015 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Invasion of Privacy Private Property Trespass Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Declaring War on Drones: Is it a Crime to Shoot Down a Drone over Your Property?

Trying to avoid the sweltering heat, “Uncle Jesse” Duke was in the garage working on his moonshine operation when he heard a loud shriek in the backyard. He ran to the back to find his niece, Daisy, sunbathing by the pool....more

8/18/2015 - Castle Doctrine Criminal Mischief Drones Homeowners Invasion of Privacy Personal Liability Privacy Concerns Private Property Right to Privacy Trespass Unmanned Aircraft Systems

End-of-Year Bonuses? Possible Tax Pitfalls!

After stepping down from running the family oil business (see last month’s article), Jed Clampett runs Mama’s Fried Pies, his late wife Rose Ellen’s fried pie business. With business booming, Jed decides to hire Elly May as...more

7/29/2015 - Bonuses Internal Revenue Code (IRC) IRS Taxable Income

Closely-Held Shareholder Derivative Actions are Alive and Well in Texas

After 30 years of running his family-owned business, Hillbilly Oil Co., Jed Clampett decided to retire in 2013. The board of directors elects Jethro Bodine as Hillbilly’s President and Elly May as Vice President. Both Jethro...more

6/23/2015 - Board of Directors Business Judgment Rule Closely Held Businesses Corporate Officers Derivative Suit Family Businesses Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

A Lawyer and a Juror

This month I am flushing the format to talk about jury duty. I recently got selected to serve on a jury in a civil case. The experience fascinated me because, as a civil trial lawyer myself, it gave me the opportunity to see...more

5/28/2015 - Jury Duty Jury Trial

Paying Child Support: Are Your New Hires Being Honest?

Knowing that his old high school friend Iman Dedbeet had just been taken to the cleaners by his ex-wife Goldilocks in a nasty divorce, Johnny Clueless decided to help Iman out by hiring him as his general sales manager at...more

4/30/2015 - Child Support Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Misclassification

Partner Liability: Out of the Woods?

Debbett Runnup Partnership, a Texas general partnership, was sued by Widgets R Us in 2010 for failing to pay Widgets R Us invoices. Judgment was granted to Widgets in 2012 against Debbett Runnup for $300,000. After chasing...more

3/26/2015 - Creditors Debt Collection Partnerships Personal Liability Statute of Limitations TX Supreme Court

Selling What You Don’t Have…What Happened to my Super Bowl Tickets?

Thursday before Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix Ima Goen Nomattawatta, a huge Patriots fan, found an online broker Izzure Scalp with Super Bowl tickets for $2,500 apiece. Not believing that he could get 4 tickets at only $750...more

2/19/2015 - Limitation of Liability Clause Sports Super Bowl Terms and Conditions

Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business?

With 2015 upon her, Cinda Bossey is making her action item list for her business, Bossey Boots. Although the bulk of her time and efforts are spent on getting the business running and generating revenue, occasionally she...more

1/29/2015 - Small Business Formation Year-End Planning

Will Over-Serving Your Guests Ruin Your Holiday (Legally Speaking)?

The middle of the holiday season means more than just busy shopping malls. It is also the time when many people host holiday parties. After attending Mora Rounds’ holiday party and consuming several adult beverages, Bitu...more

12/22/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Holiday Parties Holidays

Does My Business Need Riot Insurance?

Broken windows, looting and fires were some of the lasting images from the Ferguson, Missouri riots. And if you looked at those pictures closely, you may have noticed that a substantial number of the damaged businesses were...more

12/22/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Property Insurance

Ebola in the Workplace – Dangerous to Employers

Returning from a trip to West Africa with some college buddies, Ben X. Posed, a waiter at Chotchkie’s, showed up for work with a fever, muscle aches, a strong headache, and stomach pains. Begging his boss Dee Manding for the...more

10/14/2014 - Corporate Counsel Duty of Care Ebola Popular

Trespassers – Can You Shoot ‘Em?

Under the law, anyone who enters your property is an invitee, licensee or a trespasser. You can summon an invitee, like a pizza delivery driver. An invitee generally enters the property for the parties’ mutual benefit –...more

8/29/2014 - Homicide Trespass

Affluenza – Is It Contagious?

Taking advantage of his car dealership owning parents being on vacation in the Bahamas, Cache Bar, a minor, invites his high school buddies over to liberate his parents’ locked libation cabinet. Well lubricated, Cache builds...more

6/26/2014 - Arson Property Damage

Avoiding Judicial Hellholes

Bedder Sailz, a salesman for Orange Computers, Inc., lives in Seattle, Washington, and frequently travels on business. After successfully closing a computer deal in Dallas, Sailz catches East-West-Wings (EWW) flight #101 from...more

5/1/2014 - DaimlerAG Forum Shopping Jurisdiction

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