Gilmer, Texas, October 26, 2017 - The Texas Court of Appeals has affirmed a judgment that was previously rendered by the 35th Judicial District Court, Brown County, Texas against Charles Matlock, a member of the Early, Texas City Council. Following the trial of the case, the district court determined that Matlock “engaged in fraud” in connection with his sales of the underlying investments. The district court also found Matlock liable on the breach of contract allegations that had been made on behalf of the Plaintiffs, Kenneth and Gayle Fitzgerald of Bangs, Texas, along with Buford and Sharon Narramore of May, Texas. With respect to Buford and Sharon Narramore, the district court also held Matlock liable under various provisions of the Texas Securities Act. Through its decision, the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s award of $89,557.93 in damages to the Fitzgeralds and its award of $243,326.75 in damages to the Narramores. The Texas Court of Appeals also upheld the trial court’s award of attorney fees — which totaled $252,111.25 — in favor of the Fitzgeralds and the Narramores.
In 2016, the Texas Court of Appeals upheld a separate judgment that had been entered against Matlock in connection with securities he sold to Gerald and Martha Hill, Lubbock, Texas. The 99th Judicial District Court, Lubbock, Texas entered that judgment against Matlock following a trial over which it presided.
Chris Bebel and Jarom Tefteller tried the Brown County district court case, together with the Lubbock County district court case, against Matlock. In both instances, they were assisted by Bradley Ellison.