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Texas nets $2.8M in nationwide settlement with Hyundai, Kia over false fuel economy claims

David Yates Oct. 27, 2016, 3:08pm

AUSTIN— On Oct. 27 Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office obtained $2.8 million for the state of Texas as part of a $41.2 million multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia.

Rio Hondo ISD lands $1.5M settlement from TWIA suit; despite assurance, district not given ‘same exact contract’ as Brownsville ISD

David Yates Oct. 26, 2016, 3:54pm

RIO HONDO – Mostyn Law and Gilberto Hinojosa will reap 40 percent of the $1.5 million settlement Rio Hondo ISD obtained from its Hurricane Dolly suit – a percentage five points higher than what Brownsville ISD had to pay, even though Hinojosa, the area attorney who pitched the suit to the school board, said the district was getting the “exact same contract” as Brownsville ISD.

Appeals court affirms injunction in Kristen Paris dram shop suit

David Yates Oct. 25, 2016, 2:33pm

BEAUMONT - The Ninth Court of Appeals recently affirmed an injunction obtained in a dram shop suit brought on Kristen Paris, the Nederland teen who was killed by a drunk driver.

State Farm trial winning streak ends at 16, defeats two more Mostyn hail claims before losing

David Yates Oct. 25, 2016, 1:29pm

DALLAS – For more than a year now, State Farm Lloyds has been battling the surge of mass litigation being brought against all insurers within the state, capturing 16 trial wins before recently losing.

Ninth Court upholds $400K jury award in Ike suit, Mostyn Law reaped $237K in fees

David Yates Oct. 24, 2016, 4:08pm

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.

AG Healey asks court to reconsider discovery order in Exxon climate change case

David Yates Oct. 20, 2016, 1:12pm

ABILENE – Earlier this month, a federal judge found Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey might have acted in bad faith when subpoenaing ExxonMobil, which the Democratic AG contends buried information on climate change for the past 40 years.

Insurer wants hail attorney to show authority after suit brought on behalf of dead man

David Yates Oct. 20, 2016, 8:55am

BROWNSVILLE – The troubles surrounding Kent Livesay seemingly continue to mount, as an insurer recently filed a motion requesting the Texas hail attorney show his authority to represent a man who died six years prior to the filing date of litigation brought on his behalf.

Valero moves for summary judgment in suit brought by Layne Walker

David Yates Oct. 18, 2016, 3:36pm

BEAUMONT- Valero Energy has moved for summary judgment in litigation brought by a former district judge, who sued the energy giant for breach of contract, seeking to extract more than $6 million in damages.

Mostyn Law brings $1M trip & fall against Casa Ole

David Yates Oct. 18, 2016, 1:38pm

BEAUMONT – On behalf of an area resident, Mostyn Law recently filed suit against Casa Ole, seeking up to $1 million in damages from the Mexican restaurant for a trip and fall injury.

Texas AG intervenes in suit to stop Austin from permitting city employees to work for union at taxpayer expense

David Yates Oct. 18, 2016, 1:13pm

AUSTIN – On Oct. 18 Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened in a lawsuit against the city of Austin, challenging the city’s labor agreement with Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975.

Ninth Court to examine State Farm appeal of Mostyn Law’s $260K verdict win

David Yates Oct. 17, 2016, 1:21pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals is set to review a State Farm Lloyds appeal, which seeks to wipe a $260k jury verdict on the grounds that the opinions of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses were “unreliable and inadmissible.” The appeal stems from a week long trial against State Farm that took place in May 2015.

University of Houston preliminary injunction granted in trademark battle with ‘Houston College of Law’

David Yates Oct. 14, 2016, 4:47pm

HOUSTON – A federal judge has granted the University of Houston’ motion for a preliminary injunction in a trademark case brought after South Texas College of Law changed its name to the Houston College of Law back in July.

Texas AG seeks to stop Buck-a-Bag fee in Brownsville

David Yates Oct. 12, 2016, 4:37pm

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the city of Brownsville, seeking an injunction to stop “an illegal” tax on plastic-bag shoppers.

Marathon Petroleum hits BP with breach of contract suit, says oil giant on the hook for refinery fixes

David Yates Oct. 12, 2016, 2:06pm

HOUSTON - Marathon Petroleum has filed suit against BP Products North America, alleging the oil giant breached its contract by failing to continue maintenance at the Texas City refinery until Marathon took possession.

Wrongful death suit alleges asbestos exposure, numerous companies sued

David Yates Oct. 11, 2016, 3:46pm

BEAUMONT – Several corporations have been named as defendants in a wrongful death suit alleging asbestos exposure.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group seeks leave in collision suit

David Yates Oct. 11, 2016, 3:32pm

BEAUMONT - Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, doing business as Splash Transport, recently filed a motion for leave in an automobile collision suit against the company.

Speights & Worrich to ‘significantly downsize,’ barratry class action against firm cited as reason why

David Yates Oct. 10, 2016, 10:05am

SAN ANTONIO - The Texas law firm Speights & Worrich, which specializes in insurance disputes, has announced its decision to “significantly downsize,” claiming a barratry class action has “wrongfully damaged” the firm’s “professional reputation.” Other sources confidentially tell the Record that the law firm is actually dissolving and transferring all of its current clients to another law firm.

Asbestos suit names Chevron, BP and dozens more as defendants

David Yates Oct. 5, 2016, 3:42pm

BEAUMONT – A recent asbestos suit has named more than two-dozen corporations as defendants, including Chevron USA and BP North America.

Ninth Court dismisses Entergy appeal in wrongful death suit, special appearance was at issue

David Yates Oct. 5, 2016, 3:20pm

BEAUMONT – In July, the Ninth Court Appeals granted a motion to stay a wrongful death lawsuit brought against Entergy Arkansas while justices examined a special appearance issue in the case.

Mostyn Law, Hinojosa ‘brought’ notion of suing TWIA to school officials, according to audio recording

David Yates Oct. 5, 2016, 8:45am

RIO HONDO – Believing Rio Hondo ISD suffered the same inadequate insurance adjustment as a neighboring district following Hurricane Dolly, Gilberto Hinojosa, on behalf of Mostyn Law, “approached” school officials and “brought” to their attention the notion of filing a lawsuit, according to an audio recording.