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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.

U.S. Chamber asks Texas SC to ‘curb discovery gamesmanship’ in hail cases

David Yates Nov. 16, 2016, 1:31pm

AUSTIN – For the past year, an appeal brought by State Farm Lloyds has been before the Texas Supreme Court, in which the insurer’s allies contend trial lawyers are abusing discovery to force settlements in storm lawsuits.

US News, Best Lawyers name Provost Umphrey to 2017 Best Law Firms list

David Yates Nov. 16, 2016, 12:37pm

BEAUMONT -- The Provost Umphrey Law Firm has garnered the Best Law Firms designation from the publishers of U.S.

Beaumont attorney to dismiss suit against Jefferson County, says official

David Yates Nov. 15, 2016, 4:27pm

BEAUMONT – A lawsuit brought by an area attorney over a tax foreclosure sale will soon be dismissed, says a courthouse official.

Texas judge denies SEIU retrial, orders union to turn over documents

David Yates Nov. 15, 2016, 12:07pm

HOUSTON – A Texas district judge recently ruled the Service Employees International Union has no grounds to request a retrial following a court order directing the Chicago-based union to pay Professional Janitorial Services Houston $7.8 million.

Continued: JC trial of $1M auto collision suit

David Yates Nov. 14, 2016, 11:06pm

BEAUMONT - A lawsuit alleging a passenger was injured in a vehicle collision was slated for trial this month but has been continued until next month.

State Farm granted summary judgment in Mostyn foundation suit

David Yates Nov. 14, 2016, 4:14pm

DALLAS – State Farm Lloyds recently shut down another Mostyn Law lawsuit, obtaining summary judgment in litigation brought after the insurer denied a couple’s claim for foundation damage.

Jefferson County picks Trump over Hillary, barely

David Yates Nov. 9, 2016, 1:58pm

BEAUMONT – Primarily a Democratic stronghold, Jefferson County voters favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the General Election by the slightest of margins.

Reports show Wortham outraised Timaeus in effort to claim judgeship

David Yates Nov. 8, 2016, 11:36pm

BEAUMONT – The latest round of campaign finance reports show Baylor Wortham, a Democrat heavily funded by Jefferson County trial lawyers, significantly out raised his Republican counterpart in his successful bid to claim the 136th District Court bench.

South Texas College of Law keeps ‘Houston’ in name, just moves location

David Yates Nov. 7, 2016, 3:31pm

HOUSTON – Last month, a federal judge granted the University of Houston’s 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.

Beaumont ISD named in potential ‘spanked’ lawsuit

David Yates Nov. 7, 2016, 3:02pm

BEAUMONT – The Beaumont Independent School District may soon be a defendant in a lawsuit accusing an elementary school teacher of spanking a 6-year old student “without provocation.” Individually and as next of friend for their adopted son, Nora and Todd Trahan filed a petition for depositions on Nov. 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

Ninth Court: Judge ordered discovery of irrelevant information in Mostyn Hurricane Rita suit

David Yates Nov. 3, 2016, 12:25pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals has found a lower court abused its discretion by ordering “overbroad” discovery in a Hurricane Rita lawsuit brought against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

SCTOUS no help in effort to reinstate $32M verdict against Domino’s

David Yates Nov. 2, 2016, 1:56pm

Last March, the Texas Ninth Court of Appeals axed one of top 100 national jury verdicts of 2013, dismissing Domino’s Pizza from a Beaumont lawsuit brought by Raghurami Reddy.

Amber Mostyn shells out $400K to Hillary Victory Fund

David Yates Nov. 1, 2016, 2:01pm

HOUSTON – Only days after Amber Mostyn, the wife of mega-attorney Steve Mostyn, was quoted as saying politicians spend an “inordinate” amount of time fundraising, she donated $400,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund.

Appeal in Glen Morgan tax suit against Jefferson County abated, case remanded to effectuate settlement

David Yates Nov. 1, 2016, 1:16pm

BEAUMONT – An appeal in a property tax suit brought by one of Southeast Texas’ most well known trial lawyers has been abated and remanded back to a district court, where the case has been tied up in litigation for the past decade.

Discovery order too broad in Mostyn Law hail cases, Texas SC finds

David Yates Oct. 31, 2016, 3:26pm

AUSTIN – National Lloyds will no longer have to fork over its internal management reports to The Mostyn Law Firm, with the Texas Supreme Court recently finding the information being sought by dozens of hail suit plaintiffs was “overbroad.” In the spring of 2012, two hailstorms rocked Hidalgo County, giving rise to thousands of lawsuits against insurance companies.

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.