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Bill seeking to inflate Texas’ med-mal cap first of its kind

David Yates Apr. 24, 2017, 2:56pm

AUSTIN – Since the courts were apparently no help, those wishing to inflate Texas’ medical malpractice cap on non-economic damages are now turning to the state legislature.

Woman claims she was fired for questioning the ‘propriety’ of adjusting firm, firm connected to hail attorneys

David Yates Apr. 21, 2017, 12:18pm

HOUSTON – A Houston woman is suing a public adjusting firm for $200,000 in damages, claiming she was fired for questioning the company’s “propriety.” Alleging fraud and breach of contract, Renee Holt Davey filed suit against The Disaster Advocates on April 20 in Harris County.

Ninth Court shuts down teacher’s bid to overturn PAISD’s jurisdiction win

David Yates Apr. 20, 2017, 12:48pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s ruling granting the Port Arthur School District’s plea to the jurisdiction in a suit brought by the former principal of Booker T.

Hailstorm lawsuit bill passes Senate Business Committee

David Yates Apr. 20, 2017, 9:17am

AUSTIN – On April 20, the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee passed Senate Bill 10 by Chairman Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills).

Woman awarded $192K for Applebee’s host stepping on her foot

David Yates Apr. 19, 2017, 11:18am

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County jury has awarded plaintiff Carolyn Rhymes $192,000 for damages incurred when an Applebee’s host incidentally stepped on her foot, causing her to loose her balance and fall.

Fifth Circuit confirms dismissal of process server’s suit against Layne Walker

David Yates Apr. 18, 2017, 5:06pm

BEAUMONT – On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit confirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a complaint brought by a process server against the former Jefferson County district judge who had him arrested.

Baron & Budd secures $50M settlement with Wells Fargo in class action over inflated fees

David Yates Apr. 18, 2017, 12:20pm

DALLAS – On April 17, the national law firm of Baron & Budd, located in Dallas, announced it has received final approval of a $50 million non-reversionary common fund settlement with Wells Fargo Bank, which resolves a case alleging improper mark ups of fees for broker price opinions.

TLR gives update on bills being followed in 85th Texas Legislature

David Yates Apr. 18, 2017, 11:38am

AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform sent out an email Tuesday, updating readers on bills of importance the group is following as the 85th Texas Legislature Session continues to unfold.

Texas AG concludes election judges must take constitutional oath

David Yates Apr. 17, 2017, 4:02pm

AUSTIN – On April 17, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion finding that a court is likely to conclude that election judges are public officers and must take the constitutional oath of office, in addition to the statutory election officer's oath.

Discovery issue in $1M breach suit against International Paper resolved, justices dismiss appeal

David Yates Apr. 13, 2017, 10:19am

BEAUMONT – A breach of contract suit against the International Paper Company can now resume, as the Ninth Court of Appeals has issued an opinion stating a discovery issue is now moot.

DuPont named in wrongful death lawsuit

David Yates Apr. 12, 2017, 3:45pm

BEAUMONT – A toxic tort accusing E.I.

Walmart hit with $1M suit over 2-year old slip and fall injury, suit says warning signs were posted

David Yates Apr. 12, 2017, 2:03pm

BEAUMONT – A Walmart shopper is suing the mega-retailer for slip and fall injuries suffered at the Beaumont location two years ago.

Continued: hearing on Parkdale Mall’s motion for summary judgment in $1M wrongful death suit

David Yates Apr. 12, 2017, 11:26am

BEAUMONT – A summary judgment hearing in a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit against Parkdale Mall has been pushed back.

Federal judge rules Texas discriminated when Passing 2011 Voter ID bill

David Yates Apr. 11, 2017, 1:02pm

CORPUS CHRISTI – On April 10, a U.S.

Brent Coon sued for legal malpractice, accused of botching $12M Deepwater Horizon claim

David Yates Apr. 11, 2017, 12:48pm

BEAUMONT – A recent lawsuit brought against Brent Coon seeks $16 million in damages from the area attorney and his firm for allegedly botching a Deepwater Horizon oil spill claim.

AG Paxton leads 15-state coalition in support of revised immigration order

David Yates Apr. 10, 2017, 1:18pm

AUSTIN – On April 10, Attorney General Ken Paxton led a coalition of 15 states in filing an amicus brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Trump’s revised immigration order.

Jury selection starts in civil trial over Applebee’s host stepping on customer’s foot

David Yates Apr. 10, 2017, 1:07pm

BEAUMONT – Jury selection began Monday in a lawsuit brought by Carolyn Rhymes, who claims an Applebee’s host, while taking a step backwards, incidentally stepped on her foot, causing her to loose her balance and land on her butt.

Tort reform remains a unifier for Texas Republicans, party leader says hail litigation worst abuse in state today

David Yates Apr. 10, 2017, 8:58am

AUSTIN – Since 2003, there’s been at least one issue nearly all Texas Republicans could unite behind – tort reform.

AG Paxton: Suspension of BLM Red River surveys is a win for Texas

David Yates Apr. 7, 2017, 8:58am

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is praising the Trump administration for suspending three U.S.

Ninth Court dismisses inmate’s appeal, ending suit against Beaumont PD

David Yates Apr. 6, 2017, 1:04pm

BEAUMONT – On April 6 the Ninth Court of Appeals granted the Beaumont Police Department’s motion to dismiss an inmate’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction.