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Settled: Texas teacher’s ‘embarrassed’ suit against TruTV, John Langley

David Yates Feb. 23, 2017, 4:06pm

BEAUMONT – A settlement has been reached in a suit brought by an area teacher, who sued the makers of TruTV alleging he was embarrassed on national television following his arrest for public intoxication.

Ninth Court affirms dismissal of all charges against Jefferson County sheriff’s officer

David Yates Feb. 22, 2017, 3:22pm

BEAUMONT — In a unanimous Feb. 22 decision, the Ninth Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of all charges against Sgt. Chad Kolander, a long-time Jefferson County Sheriff’s department investigator.

Overseas litigation funder taps Texas lawsuit market, Houston attorney to head office

David Yates Feb. 22, 2017, 12:05pm

HOUSTON – One of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world has widened its U.S. reach, establishing a base of operations in Texas.

Texas AG: Amicus brief filed to protect 2nd Amendment rights outside of the home

David Yates Feb. 21, 2017, 1:03pm

AUSTIN – On Feb. 21, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas joined an Alabama-led 26-state coalition in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Despite rise in hail lawsuits, homeowner complaints at record low

David Yates Feb. 21, 2017, 12:52pm

AUSTIN - Despite a half million hail claims resulting in a record $4 billion in insured losses last year, homeowner complaints to the Texas Department of Insurance were the lowest number ever recorded.

Mostyn Law denied new trial in hail suit against State Farm

David Yates Feb. 16, 2017, 10:57am

HIDALGO COUNTY – In November, The Mostyn Law Firm, located in Houston, was hit with a summary judgment loss in a hail lawsuit against State Farm Lloyds.

Ferguson Firm named Texas Top Tier Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report

David Yates Feb. 15, 2017, 3:54pm

Beaumont – Beaumont-based The Ferguson Law Firm has been named as one of Texas’ Top Tier Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report.

Hailstorm lawsuit reform bill introduced in Texas Senate

David Yates Feb. 13, 2017, 1:12pm

AUSTIN – On Feb. 13, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, announced the filing of Senate Bill 10 – a piece of legislation aimed at ending hailstorm lawsuit abuse.

Barratry charge surfaces in Hidalgo County, hail lawyer accused of using contractors to secure agreement

David Yates Feb. 10, 2017, 1:32pm

HIDALGO COUNTY – A Mission physician recently hit an area lawyer with a barratry lawsuit, accusing the hail attorney of obtaining a contingency fee agreement through soliciting contractors – contractors who allegedly left the doctor’s commercial property in shambles once the money ran dry.

Mostyn Law reaps $1.8M verdict following hail trial in Hidalgo County

David Yates Feb. 8, 2017, 11:40am

McALLEN – A jury in Hidalgo County, crowned a “Judicial Hellhole” the past two years because of mass hailstorm litigation, recently awarded a hail claimant nearly $1.8 million in damages, saddling an insurance company with $800,000 in exemplary damages alone for allegedly acting with malice.

TLR announces addition of Sheets and Hobbs to outside legal team

David Yates Feb. 7, 2017, 2:05pm

AUSTIN – On Feb. 6, Texans for Lawsuit Reform announced the addition of former Texas State Rep. Kenneth Sheets and former Texas Supreme Court General Counsel Lisa Bowlin Hobbs to its outside legal team. 

Mostyn Law Hurricane Rita suit slated for trial in Jefferson County

David Yates Feb. 7, 2017, 1:51pm

BEAUMONT – A Hurricane Rita lawsuit brought by the Mostyn Law Firm has been slated for trial later this month.

Motorist accused of driving on wrong side of road hit with default judgment

David Yates Feb. 7, 2017, 1:31pm

BEAUMONT - A Beaumont couple who sued a Walker County duo alleging vehicular negligence was awarded a default judgment back in September.

Refusal to unseal Russell Budd’s deposition on asbestos memo a ‘travesty,’ lawyer says

David Yates Feb. 7, 2017, 12:07pm

AUSTIN – A district judge’s refusal to unseal testimony given by renowned plaintiff’s attorney Russell Budd on the “Terrell memo” was a “travesty,” says the lawyer who filed the motion to unseal.

Texas AG leads coalition in SCTOUS amicus brief against abusive patent suits

David Yates Feb. 6, 2017, 2:35pm

AUSTIN – Leading a coalition of 17 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 6 filed an amicus brief in the U.S.

‘Clock Boy’ lawsuit against Ben Shapiro dismissed, commentator awarded attorney’s fees

David Yates Feb. 6, 2017, 12:58pm

DALLAS – A lawsuit against conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has been dismissed – a complaint brought by the father of Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teen who became known as “clock boy” after being arrested for bringing a homemade timepiece to school in a pencil case.

Ergon Asphalt seeks to remove Corpus Christi water contamination class action

David Yates Feb. 3, 2017, 11:37am

CORPUS CHRISTI – The company blamed for contaminating the city of Corpus Christi’s water supply is seeking to remove a class action brought against it out of the county where the incident transpired.

Mostyn Law losses appeal, justices shut down League City Ike suit

David Yates Feb. 1, 2017, 2:31pm

HOUSTON – On Jan. 31, the First Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling leaving the city of League City empty handed in its Hurricane Ike suit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

New suits against NCAA seek compensation for college football players who suffered concussions

David Yates Feb. 1, 2017, 1:22pm

FORT WORTH - New lawsuits filed against the National College Athletic Association and helmet maker Riddell, Inc., seek to compensate thousands of former high school and college athletes for brain damage sustained while playing football.

Judge refuses to unseal Russell Budd deposition, testimony linked to Baron & Budd asbestos memo

David Yates Jan. 31, 2017, 6:21pm

AUSTIN – A documentary filmmaker seeking to obtain the deposition of one of Texas’ most well-known plaintiff’s attorneys was shut down by a district judge Tuesday, as the court refused to unseal testimony linked to an asbestos memo that has been the subject of much controversy for the past two decades.