Top News

$10M suit alleges Disney infringed on manuscript in making 'Wreck-It Ralph'

John Suayan Nov. 17, 2015, 10:24am

Seeking $10 million in damages, a Katy man has sued The Walt Disney Co. and Disney Consumer Products, Inc. on claims the defendants infringed upon his manuscript and book in producing and distributing the 2012 3-D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film Wreck-It Ralph. In a lawsuit filed Nov. 2 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Dyke Robinson asserts Disney used a “substantial number of unique images contained” in his work titled “Digiland”. “The defendants incorporated,

Galveston Co. district judge junks woman's lawsuit against Santa Fe police

John Suayan Nov. 17, 2015, 10:16am

A lawsuit accusing the Santa Fe Police Department and the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office of erroneously deeming a resident’s death a suicide recently ended in favor of the defendants, Galveston County District Court records show. Santa Fe resident Barbara Younie sued the entities in July in the Galveston County 405th District Court, asserting Santa Fe police determined that David Younie killed himself “without considering other possibilities such as, homicide, accidental death, deat

Spurs superstar Duncan claims former financial adviser swindled him of $1.1M in cosmetics investment

John Suayan Nov. 16, 2015, 9:07am

San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan brought a lawsuit against his former financial/investment advisor in response to what he asserts is financial fraud, according to recent San Antonio federal court records. Duncan’s suit, filed Nov. 10 in the San Antonio Division of the Western District of Texas, accuses Atlanta resident Charles Banks of defrauding the five-time NBA champion of $1.1 million.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

John Suayan Nov. 16, 2015, 8:59am

TYLER DIVISION Nov. 10 Lone Star Technological Innovations, LLC v.

Texas A&M blitzes Indianapolis Colts with trademark infringement lawsuit over 12th Man

John Suayan Nov. 12, 2015, 4:32pm

Texas A&M University has sued the Indianapolis Colts over the 12th Man Mark, recent Houston federal court records show. TAMU’s lawsuit against the Colts, filed Nov. 12 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, accuses the NFL franchise of infringing on its United States Trademarks to the 12th Man. “The defendant’s unauthorized use of the mark 12th Man in connection with its offering of football entertainment services and related products allows the defendant to unfairly receiv

Virtual Gaming files more patent infringement suits, NFL among defendants

John Suayan Nov. 11, 2015, 12:15pm

Fresh from suing DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas over purported patent infringement of its computer-based interactive gaming systems, Virtual Gaming Technologies, LLC has gone on a full-court press against several more entities, most notably the NFL. Virtual Gaming launched complaints accusing DraftPot, LLC; DraftDay Gaming Group, Inc.; ESPN Internet Ventures and NFL Enterprises, LLC on claims the defendants copied the technologies and inventions in connectio

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

John Suayan Nov. 9, 2015, 8:40am

MARSHALL DIVISION Nov. 6 DataMotion Texas, LLC v.

Gaslamp night club sued over 'deeply racist' cover charge

John Suayan Nov. 9, 2015, 8:28am

Three Houston men accuse have pursued legal action on allegations a Houston nightspot imposed a cover charge on non-white guests including themselves.

DraftKings, FanDuel used interactive gaming technologies without permission, lawsuit alleges

John Suayan Nov. 5, 2015, 2:36pm

Two popular daily fantasy sports providers are the targets of a patent infringement lawsuit by an interactive gaming company with offices in McKinney. Virtual Gaming Technologies, LLC’s suit, filed Nov. 2 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas, alleges DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc. have “undertaken to copy the technologies and inventions” associated with United States Patent Numbers 5,860,862 (“the ‘862 patent”) and 6,193,610 (“the ‘610 patent”). “The claims in the pate

Man sues business partners to recover back shares

John Suayan Nov. 2, 2015, 2:21pm

A Galveston man has brought a lawsuit against his business partners on claims they did not give him his share of the venture’s profits, according to Galveston County District Court records. In the suit filed Oct. 23 in the Galveston County 56th District Court, Bradley Ender accuses Chauncey R.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

John Suayan Oct. 31, 2015, 8:33am

MARSHALL DIVISION Oct. 26 Gene Reader LLC v.

Art biz sues Lufkin woman over alleged infringement of “Bigfoot the Garden Yeti” sculpture

John Suayan Oct. 28, 2015, 10:49am

Alleging a Lufkin woman created and sold molds resembling two of its works without permission, Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Design Toscano, Inc. has pursued legal action. Design Toscano filed a lawsuit against Pamela K.

Settlement closes League City woman's plane crash lawsuit

John Suayan Oct. 28, 2015, 9:46am

A lawsuit over a 2009 aviation accident ended in a settlement, according to Galveston County court records. League City resident Farida Hill sued Thomas Craig Hill in the Galveston County 56th District Court in August, accusing the defendant of flying a 1946 Piper Cub J3 aircraft on July 12, 2009 that crashed.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

John Suayan Oct. 23, 2015, 3:46pm

MARSHALL DIVISION Oct. 20 Reflection Code LLC v.

HEB sued three days after fatal car crash, company cited for not stopping woman from crashing into store

John Suayan Oct. 23, 2015, 8:54am

A fatal single-vehicle accident that occurred at a HEB store in Southeast Houston on Oct. 19 has resulted in a lawsuit, Harris County court records show. Pasadena resident Daniel Sanchez has sued HEB Grocery Company, LP, Dorothy Davenport Barnes and Roberta Johnson Mayes over the death of his wife, Karla Sanchez.

Professional basketball player amends complaint against 24 Hour Fitness to state he tore Achilles tendon on defendant's court

John Suayan Oct. 19, 2015, 9:18am

A professional basketball player who sued 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. in Galveston County District Court last month for an injury he allegedly sustained while exercising at the defendant’s Friendswood location has presented additional claims. Friendswood resident James Blasczyk’s lawsuit was recently elevated to the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division with revisions to the original petition.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

John Suayan Oct. 19, 2015, 9:06am

SHERMAN DIVISION Oct. 12 LifeSmart Holdings LLC v.

Lawsuit implicates city of Whitehouse, police chief in alleged sexual assault

John Suayan Oct. 14, 2015, 1:08pm

An alleged sexual assault of a Whitehouse woman earlier this year is the subject of a civil rights lawsuit filed Oct. 9 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiff Jessica Johnson is suing the City of Whitehouse and Whitehouse Chief of Police Craig Shelton on claims Shelton forced himself upon her at her apartment last May 14. Court papers explain that Johnson was in the midst of a separation from her husband when Shelton contacted the complainant about visiting her.

National Railroad Passenger Corp. formally replies to Bowie Co.'s personal injury lawsuit

John Suayan Oct. 14, 2015, 12:41pm

The defendant in a Bowie County man’s personal injury lawsuit arising from a 2014 train ride has formally responded to the allegations, according to Texarkana Division of the Eastern Division of Texas records. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, submitted an original answer on Oct. 5, asserting plaintiff Bobby Cummings is to blame for his alleged injuries. “Any injuries or damages sustained by the plaintiff were caused in whole or in part by his own negligent con

Federal class action brought against Volkswagen over deceptive marketing of Jetta

John Suayan Oct. 14, 2015, 12:34pm

A North Texas man has filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., claiming the car manufacturer “violated state and federal environmental laws when it sold vehicles with fraudulently manipulated vehicle emissions control devices in an effort to circumvent emissions testing requirements.” Sherman resident Barry Henry’s suit, filed Oct. 7 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, asserts the Volkswagen vehicles released Nitrogen Oxide at levels that far