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Lisa Atkins-January tied-up the courts for five years and got nowhere

David Yates Aug. 21, 2017, 7:09pm

“A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” The origin of that proverb is unclear, but may have been first uttered by an attorney. It may be true in complex cases, but in simple matters there's no reason a person of average intelligence can't prosecute his own case or defend himself if he can compile the evidence, present a persuasive argument, and follow the basic protocols of court procedure.

Judge sanctions Voss Law for handling of hail suit, finds firm ‘hijacked’ litigation for own benefit

David Yates Aug. 21, 2017, 7:00pm

DEL RIO – From producing fraudulent documents to “hijacking the litigation process for its own benefit,” a federal judge has found the Voss Law Firm “engaged in intentional litigation misconduct” by bringing a hail lawsuit on behalf of clients that never actually signed a contingency fee agreement.

Asbestos supervisor sues Motiva after fire erupts, Brent Coon handling case

David Yates Aug. 18, 2017, 9:48am

BEAUMONT – An asbestos supervisor is suing Motiva Enterprises for injuries he suffered after a fire erupted.

14 Provost Umphrey attorneys selected to 2018 Best Lawyers in America

David Yates Aug. 17, 2017, 1:01pm

BEAUMONT – Best Lawyers in America has recognized 14 trial lawyers from Beaumont-based Provost Umphrey Law Firm in its 2018 edition for a successful year representing plaintiffs in their respective legal practices.

Trial of Mostyn Law suit against State Farm pushed back again, continuance due to Rene Sigman’s departure

David Yates Aug. 16, 2017, 1:38pm

HOUSTON – A foundation lawsuit brought against State Farm Lloyds has been continued once again, primarily because the attorneys who were handling case for Mostyn Law left the firm last month.

Texas AG reacts to court’s redistricting ruling

David Yates Aug. 16, 2017, 12:51pm

AUSTIN – Although an Aug. 15 decision upheld the vast majority of Texas congressional district map, Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his disappointment with a portion of a federal court decision on maps that the district court itself adopted in 2012 and have been in effect for the last three election cycles.

Baron & Budd file fresh round of suits against pharmaceutical distributors

David Yates Aug. 15, 2017, 2:18pm

DALLAS – On Aug. 14, the national law firm of Baron & Budd announced that they have filed lawsuits against the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors for their role in the widespread diversion of prescription opiates for nonmedical purposes.

TLRPAC endorses Tijerina for 13th Court of Appeals

David Yates Aug. 15, 2017, 2:12pm

AUSTIN – On Aug. 15, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Judge Jaime E. Tijerina of Mission in his campaign for the 13th Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court to determine future of employer arbitration agreements, lower courts divided on issue

David Yates Aug. 15, 2017, 1:39pm

NEW ORLEANS – Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided against the National Labor Relations Board, finding that Convergys Corp. has the right to require employees to arbitrate disputes against the company, keeping them from initiating class action lawsuits.

Dispute over election of PA City Council position set for trial in November

David Yates Aug. 14, 2017, 2:32pm

PORT ARTHUR – In May, Tiffany Hamilton was a candidate for Port Arthur City Councilmember for District 2, losing the race by three votes.

Now in trial: suit alleging barge inspector thrown from gangway

David Yates Aug. 14, 2017, 1:59pm

BEAUMONT - Jury selection began Aug. 14 in the trial of a suit brought by Michael Stelly, who claims he stepped onto a gangway that gave way and nearly tossed him into the water after finishing his barge inspection.

Continued: $1M slip and fall suit against Baptist Hospitals

David Yates Aug. 14, 2017, 1:45pm

BEAUMONT – A slip and fall lawsuit against a Beaumont hospital that was previously set for trial in September has been continued.

Fifth Circuit affirms dismissal of civil rights suit against former JC Judge Layne Walker

David Yates Aug. 10, 2017, 6:18pm

BEAUMONT – On Aug. 9, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a federal court’s dismissal of a civil rights suit brought by African-American attorney Stella Morrison against former 252nd District Judge Layne Walker.

President of Mostyn’s Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers arrested, violent behavior was ‘fueled by alcohol’

David Yates Aug. 10, 2017, 1:25pm

DALLAS – The president of the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers was recently arrested for assaulting several people while apparently intoxicated.

Texas AG files intervenes in property tax suit against Dumas ISD

David Yates Aug. 10, 2017, 11:35am

AUSTIN— On Aug. 9, Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened in a property tax lawsuit against Dumas Independent School District, stating that the district violated state law and the Texas Constitution when it reduced the district’s local option homestead exemption.

East Texas jury levies $21M verdict against Hughes Network Systems for patent infringement

David Yates Aug. 9, 2017, 1:45pm

MARSHALL – An East Texas jury recently found Hughes Network Systems should pay a defense contractor more than $21 million in damages for infringing a broadband patent used at offshore drilling sites.

Baron & Budd investigating potential claims against Cardinal Health

David Yates Aug. 9, 2017, 1:11pm

DALLAS - The Texas-based law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating potential claims related to allegations that Cardinal Health rounded the time worked each day by its employees in the company’s favor, which may have resulted in an underpayment of wages to affected employees.

Texas AG files brief in 5th Circuit to defund Planned Parenthood

David Yates Aug. 8, 2017, 1:52pm

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to overturn a district court decision that blocked Texas from cutting off state Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

Justices keep M.D. Anderson locked in med-mal over clinical trial death

David Yates Aug. 7, 2017, 4:09pm

HOUSTON – An appellate court recently found that the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center does not have governmental immunity in a medical malpractice complaint.

Texas ACLU demands communications between Paxton and Trump on DACA

David Yates Aug. 7, 2017, 1:44pm

HOUSTON — On Aug. 7, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, along with affiliates in 9 other states and the national ACLU, filed open records requests demanding copies of any communications between the Texas Office of the Attorney General and the federal government regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.