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Texas House told mass hail litigation driven by trial lawyers, triggering ‘tort tax’ upon all Texans

David Yates Dec. 6, 2016, 3:30pm

AUSTIN - The Texas House Insurance Committee recently met to hear testimony on the impact of mass hail litigation – a surge driven by trial lawyers out for profit, a tort reform advocate argued during the hearing.

Ninth Court affirms award of $237K in fees to Mostyn Law in Ike suit

David Yates Dec. 5, 2016, 3:02pm

BEAUMONT - In October 2014, a jury found in favor of plaintiffs Rene Lampson and Justina Henriquez, levying a $400,000 verdict against National Security Fire & Casualty for failing to properly reimburse the Port Arthur residents following Hurricane Ike.

Brent Coon & Associates secured $1.2M verdict in wrongful death suit

David Yates Dec. 5, 2016, 2:45pm

ANGLETON – The Bent Coon & Associates law firm recently landed a $1.2 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Justices nix Baptist Hospitals’ $200K summary judgment win against Reytec Construction

David Yates Dec. 1, 2016, 11:24am

In October 2012, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas sued Reytec Construction Resources, alleging the company left a mound of dirt in its parking lot after a lease with the hospital expired.

Dyslexic FBI agent’s discrimination suit against AG Lynch set for spring trial

David Yates Dec. 1, 2016, 10:52am

BEAUMONT – A FBI agent claiming he has been discriminated against because of his dyslexia recently had his lawsuit set for trial in March of 2018.

State Bar’s barratry case against Keith Gould ends with suspension

David Yates Nov. 30, 2016, 12:01pm

CORPUS CHRISTI – In 2014, attorney Keith Gould and his partner, Paul Andrews, made headlines after they were indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on felony barratry charges.

Texas, other states challenge new rules furthering Obama environmental agenda

David Yates Nov. 30, 2016, 11:13am

AUSTIN – On Nov. 29, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and 17 other states filed a lawsuit challenging new federal rules broadly expanding the definition of “critical habitats” for endangered and threatened species.

Marriot wins suit over Houston Super Bowl rooms, travel agency tried to resell block it purchased

David Yates Nov. 29, 2016, 1:40pm

HOUSTON – In September, JCD Marketing sued Marriott Hotel Services, seeking to compel the hotel to honor its obligations and provide a large block of rooms for Super Bowl weekend at its Galleria location.

August trial set in suit alleging Mostyn caused wreck while racing his Ferrari

David Yates Nov. 28, 2016, 4:36pm

HOUSTON – A trial date has been set in an automobile collision suit brought against Mega attorney Steve Mostyn, who allegedly caused an automobile collision while racing a Camaro in his Ferrari.

Papa John’s hit with $1M suit for driver’s crash

David Yates Nov. 23, 2016, 3:09pm

BEAUMOMT – An area resident is suing a popular pizza chain for more than $1 million for injuries she allegedly suffered in an automobile collision with a driver employed by the company.

Granted: Nationwide injunction against Obama’s ‘unlawful’ Overtime Rule

David Yates Nov. 22, 2016, 6:20pm

AUSTIN – On Nov. 22 a federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the U.S.

Hailstorm attorney suspended one year for misconduct, expert says enforcement efforts still not slowing down ‘bad actors’

David Yates Nov. 22, 2016, 4:07pm

HIDALGO COUNTY – Hailstorm attorney Kent Livesay has agreed to a one-year suspension for demanding damages from an insurance company on behalf of a client he did not represent – the latest enforcement effort that doesn’t seem to be slowing down the “bad actors” soliciting storm cases, says one industry expert.

Texas House to hear testimony on mass storm lawsuit impact

David Yates Nov. 22, 2016, 1:08pm

AUSTIN – Next month, members of the Texas House of Representatives will hear testimony on the trend of mass litigation that now follows every storm strike within the Lone Star State.

Ninth Court to decide whether Port of Beaumont immune from injury suit

David Yates Nov. 21, 2016, 3:39pm

BEAUMONT – Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals have been tasked to determine whether the Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County has governmental immunity from an injury suit.

Settlement reached in $2M ERISA suit against Kickapoo Tribe

David Yates Nov. 21, 2016, 12:28pm

HOUSTON — A settlement has been reached in a suit brought by a Texas hospital, which accused the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas of fraud and violating a federal labor law when its health plan and plan administrators refused to pay more than $2 million in medical benefits for services provided to an employee covered in the health plan.

AG Paxton: Texas to receive $50M in judgment against Volkswagen

David Yates Nov. 18, 2016, 1:02pm

AUSTIN – On Nov. 18, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction that resolves a lawsuit brought by Texas against Volkswagen for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The automaker allegedly misled consumers by marketing and selling diesel vehicles as “clean,” even though it knew the cars were equipped with defeat device software to cheat on emissions tests.

Ninth Court affirms Port Arthur’s dismissal from whistleblower suit

David Yates Nov. 18, 2016, 12:57pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling to grant the city of Port Arthur’s plea to the jurisdiction in a suit brought by a man claiming he was fired for refusing to drive a defective garbage truck.

Hailstorm lawsuit reform among Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities

David Yates Nov. 18, 2016, 12:30pm

AUSTIN – On the first day of legislative bill filing, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his list of top 10 legislative priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session, which includes hailstorm lawsuit reform.

U.S. settles with ACLU Client in suit over alleged CBP officer abuse

David Yates Nov. 17, 2016, 3:00pm

HOUSTON – The U.S. Government has agreed to pay $85,000 to a U.S. citizen with a physical disability, who was allegedly abused by a Customs and Border Protection agent at the Brownsville Port of Entry while trying to watch the search of her purse.

Permanent, nationwide Injunction granted for Texas in U.S. Dept. of Labor case

David Yates Nov. 16, 2016, 4:07pm

AUSTIN – On Nov. 16 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a federal judge granted a permanent, nationwide injunction in favor of Texas, Arkansas, and eight other states in National Federation of Independent Business, et al.