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J&J wants $150M verdict nixed, says plaintiffs misrepresented that experts weren’t compensated

David Yates May 4, 2017, 12:39pm

DALLAS – Earlier this year, DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson appealed a trial court decision that would have them pay out $150 million in damages to five plaintiffs.

Texas AFT reaches settlement with TEA commissioner on teacher evaluation requirements

David Yates May 3, 2017, 3:12pm

AUSTIN – Because of a recent settlement, there will be no mandate to use STAAR test scores or “value added” in teacher evaluation systems. Texas AFT filed suit one year ago to challenge the authority of the Texas commissioner of education—Mike Morath—to dictate how to measure student performance for the purpose of teacher appraisals.

Orange woman hits BMW with lemon suit for vehicle purchased 3 years ago

David Yates May 3, 2017, 2:06pm

BEAUMONT – An Orange woman is accusing BMW of deceptive trade practices, alleging she was sold a lemon nearly three years ago.

Beaumont attorney sanctioned for filing frivolous lawsuit

David Yates May 3, 2017, 11:49am

BEAUMONT – Local attorney John Morgan was recently hit with $65,000 in sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit against the attorney who represented his ex-wife during their divorce proceedings.

Family of man killed while in custody of Harris County deputies awarded $11M

David Yates May 2, 2017, 3:12pm

HOUSTON – A jury recently found Harris County and a deputy liable for the death of 23-year-old Jamail Amron, during an unconstitutional seizure and use of excessive force in 2010.

Paxton, other AGs drop lawsuit brought over Stream Protection Rule

David Yates May 2, 2017, 1:03pm

AUSTIN – Hailing a complete victory, Attorney General Ken Paxton has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit brought by Texas and 11 other states against the Obama-era Stream Protection Rule.

Abbott signs anti-BDS legislation into law, action signals Texas’ support for Israel

David Yates May 2, 2017, 10:46am

AUSTIN – On May 2, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 89, known as the Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions) bill, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel.

Strasburger & Price opens Beaumont office, adds two admiralty and maritime law attorneys

David Yates May 2, 2017, 10:39am

DALLAS – On May 2, Strasburger & Price LLP, a Texas law firm, announced the opening of a new office in Beaumont and the addition of two attorneys.

AG Paxton applauds court decision suspending EPA’s Clean Power Plan

David Yates May 1, 2017, 1:48pm

AUSTIN – On April 28, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded an appeals court decision that should allow the Trump administration to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Texas House names building in Capitol Complex to honor president George H. W. Bush.

David Yates May 1, 2017, 1:43pm

AUSTIN - The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of HCR 141, by Representative Jim Murphy (Houston) directing the Texas Facilities Commission to name a building at 1801 Congress Avenue after the 41st President of the United States, George H.

Ninth Court forces ExxonMobil into arbitration, oil giant had brought lawsuit against Lexington Insurance

David Yates May 1, 2017, 1:32pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals recently found a valid arbitration agreement exists between ExxonMobil and Lexington Insurance, ordering a lower court to reverse its ruling that denied the insurer’s motion to compel arbitration.

Texas House Calendars Committee advances hailstorm lawsuit bill

David Yates Apr. 27, 2017, 5:37pm

AUSTIN – The House Calendars Committee voted to advance House Bill 1774, commonly called the hailstorm lawsuit bill, on Thursday.

Ferguson Law, McKool Smith team up for $131.4M antitrust verdict

David Yates Apr. 27, 2017, 4:34pm

Marshall – A federal jury in Marshall returned a $133.4 million verdict late Wednesday in an antitrust case against General Electric.

Akerman grows national litigation group with San Antonio partner David Jones, New Orleans partner Gerard Wimberly

David Yates Apr. 27, 2017, 11:03am

SAN ANTONIO – On April 27, Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm, announced its continued expansion with the additions of partners David Jones, San Antonio, and Gerard Wimberly, New Orleans.

Ambulance service hit with $1M med-mal after paramedic drops woman from toilet

David Yates Apr. 26, 2017, 11:07am

BEAUMONT – A local woman is suing an ambulance service, alleging a paramedic dropped her while trying to pick her up off a toilet.

Daycare sued after one child pushes another

David Yates Apr. 26, 2017, 10:48am

BEAUMONT – A daycare is being sued for negligently allowing one child to push another child.

Mostyn Law denied appraisal in hail suit, firm attorney previously testified process is an insurer’s ‘trump card’

David Yates Apr. 25, 2017, 1:00pm

DALLAS – Mostyn Law’s bid to force an appraisal in a client’s hail lawsuit was recently shut down by a district judge – a so called “trump card” that supposedly only insurers use “when they want to get out of cases,” according to a firm attorney.

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.