The following is a sampling of some of the noteworthy cases that the lawyers of Castillo Snyder have been involved in the last few years: 


Allen Stanford Ponzi Scheme, Dallas Federal Court.   Castillo Snyder serves as lead class counsel and counsel to the Official Stanford Investors Committee in dozens of lawsuits seeking to recover funds from parties alleged to have aided and abetted Stanford’s fraud or to have received fraudulent transfers from the Ponzi scheme.   Castillo Snyder’s litigation efforts have led to the recovery of over $225 million in litigation settlements as of March 2016.  Defendants sued include the Willis Group;  BDO Seidman; Pershing; Greenberg Traurig;  Hunton & Williams;  Proskauer Rose;  and Chadbourne & Parke.  See, e.g., Chadbourne & Parke v. Troice, 134 S. Ct. 1058 (2104); Troice v. Proskauer Rose, 2015 WL 1219522 (N.D. Tex. 2015).    


Westmoore Ponzi Scheme, California Federal Court.  Castillo Snyder represented the Los Angeles-based SEC Receiver for the Westmoore entities as “special litigation counsel” to pursue litigation against third parties.  Castillo Snyder’s efforts resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars.     


Pollo Loco, S.A. de C.V. v. Pollo Loco, Inc., Laredo Federal Court.  Castillo Snyder represented the founder of the Pollo Loco restaurant chain in Mexico in a franchise license dispute against Pollo Loco USA over the rights to the brand in Mexico.  This case was tried to a jury, resulting in a unanimous $21 million verdict for the client.   The Court entered judgment for over $20 million and also awarded attorneys’ fees.   The case was ultimately settled while on appeal in the Fifth Circuit.


Jacaman v. Moody, San Antonio state district court.   Castillo Snyder represented a minority partner in breach of fiduciary duty case against the majority partner involving a residential subdivision real estate venture.  At trial, the jury awarded an $11 million verdict in favor of Castillo Snyder’s client.  The case subsequently settled while on appeal.     


Clear Channel Communications, San Antonio state district court.  Castillo Snyder served as co-counsel in a multimillion dollar shareholder derivative lawsuit against Clear Channel and its Board of Directors related to the pending leveraged buy out by private equity firms.     The case was ultimately settled.  


Gutierrez v. Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., California Federal Court.  Castillo Snyder represented 9 elderly victims of defective cataract surgical solution from Monterrey, Mexico in litigation against the California-based manufacturer.   After the case was dismissed for forum non conveniens, Castillo Snyder won reversal in the Ninth Circuit court of appeals and the case was reinstated and ultimately settled on favorable terms.   See Gutierrez v. Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., 640 F.3d 1025 (9th Cir. 2011).  


Gonzales Rosas v. Valeant Pharmaceuticals, California Federal Court.   Castillo Snyder represented a Mexican business executive in a malicious prosecution action against Valeant based on a criminal action in Mexico.  The case settled on favorable terms for the client.  See Gonzales Rosas v. Valeant Pharmaceuticals, 2010 WL 1946907 (C.D. Calif. 2010).


Centro del Rio v. New River Center L.P., Bexar County District Court.  Castillo Snyder represented a hotel development group in litigation against the Ashkenazy group – the owners of San Antonio’s River Center Mall - arising from the termination of the ground lease for a Hilton hotel to be constructed at the River Center Mall.  The case settled on favorable terms prior to trial.


Marino et al. v. HSBC France, et al., Dallas Federal Court.   Castillo Snyder represented a class of Mexican investors of Sharp Capital pursuing securities fraud “aider abettor” claims against the French bank subsidiary of global banking conglomerate HSBC and its Bahamian subsidiary.   The case settled on a class action basis for $4.2 million and was granted final class certification.   


Melo et. al. v. Gardere Wynne Sewell, Dallas Federal Court.    Castillo Snyder represented a class of Mexican investors of Sharp Capital pursuing securities fraud “aider abettor” claims against Dallas law firm Gardere Wynne.   The case settled for $2.2 million, and was granted final class certification.  See Melo v. Gardere Wynne, 2007 WL 92388 (N.D. Tex. 2007).


Rocha v. Metlife, San Antonio Federal Court.   Castillo Snyder represented a Mexican national pursuing claims against Metlife for the actions of its Mexican subsidiary in Mexico under the theories of alter ego and apparent agency.   The case involved complex conflicts of law issues under Texas, New York and Mexican law and was settled for a confidential amount.


Nocando v. Credit Comercial de France, San Antonio Federal Court.   The lawyers of Castillo Snyder represented a class of Mexican investors of InverWorld pursuing securities fraud “aider abettor” claims against the French bank CCF and its Swiss and Bahamian subsidiaries.   The case settled for $10 million while on appeal for personal jurisdiction in the Fifth Circuit.  See Nocando Mem Holdings v. Credit Comercial de France, 2004 WL 2603739 (W.D. Tex. 2004).​


Ulrich et al. v. Deloitte & Touche Netherlands Antilles, Houston (area) state district court.   The lawyers of Castillo Snyder represented a group of Mexican investors of InterAmericas pursuing securities fraud “aider abettor” claims against Deloitte & Touche and its Curaco subsidiary.   The case settled for a confidential amount after the appeals court upheld personal jurisdiction over defendants.  See Deloitte & Touche Netherlands Antilles and Aruba v. Ulrich, 172 S.W.3d 255 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2005).


Janvey v. Thompson & Knight, Dallas Federal Court.   The lawyers of Castillo Snyder represented the SEC-appointed receiver for Sharp Capital pursuing securities fraud and “aider abettor” claims against Dallas law firm Thompson & Knight.  The case was settled for a confidential sum.   See Janvey v. Thompson & Knight, 2004 WL 51323 (N.D. Tex. 2004).


Hernandez Homes v. Hibernia National Bank, Cameron County District Court.  The lawyers of Castillo Snyder represented a Rio Grande Valley homebuilder against Hibernia in this lender liability lawsuit.  Case settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.​


Americana Juice Inc. v. Nestle USA, Hidalgo County District Court.   The lawyers of Castillo Snyder represented a Rio Grande Valley juice importer and processor in a trade secret and tortious interference cases against Nestle USA.   The case was tried to a jury and verdict rendered for the client and was settled for a confidential amount before the punitive phase of the trial began.


Agroindustrias Colotopec v. M&M Mars, Houston state district court.  The lawyers of Castillo Snyder represented a Mexican peanut processor from Oaxaca in this joint venture litigation against M&M Mars.  The case settled for a confidential amount before trial. 


Representative Cases