Toxic tort firm increases Gulf Coast presence

A Delaware-based asbestos law firm has expanded into Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, increasing its presence along the Gulf Coast. According to an Oct. 5 press release, Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson added 32 attorneys, all of whom focus their practices on toxic tort litigation, products liability and environmental litigation. “Our goal, from the very founding of our firm, has been to become the premier mass toxic tort firm in the country – this move helps get us there,” said James J. Read More »

Family represented by Arnold & Itkin claims law firm obtained $240K in attorney's fees through barratry

The family of a man who was killed in a collision with an Amtrak train is suing Houston law firm Arnold & Itkin, L.L.P., alleging the defendant secured $240,000 through “illegal and unethical” barratry. Plaintiffs Judy Gauthier, the widow of the late Larry Gauthier; Lucretta Nickerson, his daughter; and his grandchildren Jermaine and Yolanda Gauthier filed a lawsuit against Arnold & Itkin and its principals, attorneys Kurt B. Read More »

Trial of suit alleging barge inspector thrown from gangway starts

Jury selection began Oct. 5 in the trial of a suit brought by Michael Stelly, who claims he stepped onto a gangway that gave way and nearly tossed him into the water after finishing his barge inspection. On March 4, 2013, Stelly filed suit against OilTanking of Beaumont, Amspec Services and Harley Marine in Jefferson County district Court. The trial is expected to last approximately two weeks, according to a courthouse official. Read More »