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Ninth Court to decide whether Port of Beaumont immune from injury suit

David Yates Nov. 21, 2016, 3:39pm

BEAUMONT – Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals have been tasked to determine whether the Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County has governmental immunity from an injury suit.

Settlement reached in $2M ERISA suit against Kickapoo Tribe

David Yates Nov. 21, 2016, 12:28pm

HOUSTON — A settlement has been reached in a suit brought by a Texas hospital, which accused the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas of fraud and violating a federal labor law when its health plan and plan administrators refused to pay more than $2 million in medical benefits for services provided to an employee covered in the health plan.

AG Paxton: Texas to receive $50M in judgment against Volkswagen

David Yates Nov. 18, 2016, 1:02pm

AUSTIN – On Nov. 18, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction that resolves a lawsuit brought by Texas against Volkswagen for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The automaker allegedly misled consumers by marketing and selling diesel vehicles as “clean,” even though it knew the cars were equipped with defeat device software to cheat on emissions tests.

Ninth Court affirms Port Arthur’s dismissal from whistleblower suit

David Yates Nov. 18, 2016, 12:57pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling to grant the city of Port Arthur’s plea to the jurisdiction in a suit brought by a man claiming he was fired for refusing to drive a defective garbage truck.

Hailstorm lawsuit reform among Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities

David Yates Nov. 18, 2016, 12:30pm

AUSTIN – On the first day of legislative bill filing, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his list of top 10 legislative priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session, which includes hailstorm lawsuit reform.

U.S. settles with ACLU Client in suit over alleged CBP officer abuse

David Yates Nov. 17, 2016, 3:00pm

HOUSTON – The U.S. Government has agreed to pay $85,000 to a U.S. citizen with a physical disability, who was allegedly abused by a Customs and Border Protection agent at the Brownsville Port of Entry while trying to watch the search of her purse.

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.