Matthew W. Caligur

Partner

Houston
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Overview

Matthew Caligur is the Litigation Group coordinator for BakerHostetler’s Houston office. He has a successful track record of providing his clients with objective and reliable advice to help them efficiently resolve complex disputes in accordance with their business objectives. Matthew has wide experience handling international trade, complex commercial litigation and product liability matters for clients in a variety of industries. He also has extensive experience addressing jurisdictional issues arising in international trade disputes and litigation.

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Customs and International Trade
  • Represented a U.S.-based multinational automotive manufacturer in a $42 million civil penalty case involving record-keeping requirements under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Commercial Litigation
  • Represented a manufacturer of on-highway diesel engines in a dispute with a fleet customer in one of the first cases tried to a verdict involving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards for model year 2004. 
Product Liability
  • Represented a healthcare services company and employee pharmacists in a wrongful death action arising from an alleged prescription error involving look-alike and sound-alike drug names. Obtained a summary judgment in favor of the client.
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Experience

Customs and International Trade
  • Represented a U.S.-based multinational automotive manufacturer in a $42 million civil penalty case involving record-keeping requirements under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Represented an automotive manufacturer in several related matters seeking duty refunds based on drawback entries and reconciliation entries subject to deemed liquidation.
  • Represented a global provider of orthopedic devices in an internal review of classification decisions and claims for preferential duty treatment under NAFTA.
  • Represented an importer of heavy-duty modular transporters contesting U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) decision to alter its classification position without notice as required under 19 USC § 1625(c).
  • Represented an importer of steam turbine rotors in responding to a notice of penalty issued in connection with a temporary import under bond.
  • Participated in the review and revision of foreign trade zone compliance policies for a large automobile assembly joint venture.
  • Represented clients in the preparation and submission of prior disclosures to CBP.
  • Represented clients in the preparation and submission of voluntary self-disclosures to the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Commercial Litigation
  • Represented a manufacturer of on-highway diesel engines in a dispute with a fleet customer in one of the first cases tried to a verdict involving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards for model year 2004. 
  • Represented an engineering, procurement, construction and installation company in an arbitration involving a contract dispute arising from the engineering and construction of an offshore spar serving as the world’s deepest dry-tree platform.
  • Represented an international engineering company in a matter resulting in a multimillion-dollar recovery for the client arising from construction of a major Gulf Coast petrochemical plant project.
  • Represented an international healthcare services company in several matters relating to disputes involving fee-per-unit-dispensed hospital pharmacy management contracts. Collectively obtained more than $15 million in total recovery for the client.
Product Liability
  • Represented a healthcare services company and employee pharmacists in a wrongful death action arising from an alleged prescription error involving look-alike and sound-alike drug names. Obtained a summary judgment in favor of the client.
  • Represented a manufacturer of portable mechanical ventilators in a wrongful death case alleging that the unit failed to emit audible or visual alarms. Obtained a settlement favorable to the client.
  • Represented the manufacturer of a large-volume infusion pump in a case alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Obtained dismissal of all claims against the client.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Recognized Practitioner: Nationwide International Trade: Customs (2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2005 to 2007, 2009 to 2011)

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation

Pro Bono

  • Obtained final judgment ordering the return of a child to the child’s country of habitual residence in an international child abduction case brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
  • Handled immigration matters involving political asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and related administrative and equitable relief on behalf of clients in connection with the Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston-St. Francis Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance.
  • Handled probate claims and landlord/tenant disputes for clients in connection with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Prior Positions

  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP (2001 to 2003)
  • Intern for the Honorable Ewing Werlein, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2001, summa cum laude; Order of the Lytae; The Order of the Barristers
  • M.S., University of North Texas, 1991
  • B.A., University of North Texas, 1989