September 5, 2018

In McGinnis Lochridge’s most recent pro bono win, Houston partner Austin Brister secured a $53k judgment against a tax preparer under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The plaintiff alleged that the tax preparer falsified his tax returns without his knowledge, including listing her own bank account, falsifying deductions, and claiming child tax credits for multiple unknown children.  The plaintiff alleged that, through this scheme, the tax preparer caused the IRS to deposit tens of thousands of dollars into her account own account, all without the plaintiff’s knowledge. The plaintiff alleged that he became aware of the tax preparer’s deceptive practices after receiving a notice from the IRS.

After a year-long pre-trial battle, Austin was successful in obtaining summary judgment against the tax preparer under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). Austin secured a judgment for all actual damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees, totaling in excess of $53,000.

Austin is a partner in the firm’s Houston office, handling complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on oil and gas matters.  He is dedicated to continuing McGinnis Lochridge's commitment to providing pro bono legal services for those of limited financial means. Click here to learn more about our pro bono commitment.


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