John Suayan Aug. 28, 2015, 12:28pm


A legal malpractice lawsuit that focused on Houston law firm Arnold & Itkin, L.L.P. recently came to a close, according to Harris County court records.

The lawsuit, filed by Thomas P. Muse in the Harris County 269th District Court in early 2014, ended with Muse’s request to dismiss the case.

Muse entered the motion on Aug. 12 with 269th District Court Judge Dan Hinde ordering the dismissal five days later.

Muse sued Arnold & Itkin and its principals, attorneys Kurt B. Arnold and Jason A. Itkin, on allegations the defendants wrongfully promised him that he and his business partners would not face any repercussions if they initiated legal action against Prospect Energy Corp.

The suit claimed the defendants’ assurance was a violation of a “promise not to sue” contract clause which the plaintiff and his associates personally vowed to Prospect they would uphold.

Muse incurred a nearly $2 million loss in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals because of the breach of the clause, the original petition explained.

Arnold & Itkin countered with an original answer on Mar. 7, 2014.

Attorney Richard L. Bufkin of The Bufkin Law Firm in Dallas represented Muse while attorneys Murray Fogler, Russell S. Post and Jas Brar of the law firm Beck Redden LLP in Houston served as the respondents’ counsel.

Harris County 269th District Court Case No. 2014-02724

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