Carrie Salls News

Beaumont court upholds arbitrator's ruling in home construction lawsuit

By Carrie Salls | Mar 8, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Court of Appeals for the 9th District of Texas at Beaumont ruled in a Feb. 28 opinion that an arbitrator who entered an award in a construction project dispute between Construction Financial Services Inc. (CFS) and two individuals that signed an agreement for construction of a new house and barn had not “exceeded her authority in rendering the award against CFS.”

Appeals court upholds summary judgment favoring state in deceptive practices case

By Carrie Salls | Mar 6, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas upheld a summary judgment entered in favor of the state of Texas by the 80th District Court of Harris County in a Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act lawsuit, according to an opinion filed by the appeals court on Feb. 27.

Gov. Abbott appoints three new members to San Jacinto River Authority board

By Carrie Salls | Feb 12, 2018

AUSTIN – Three new members have been named to the board of the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), a move approved by Texas State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), according to a news release.

Mt. Hawley Insurance complaint argues against coverage in apartment complex deaths

By Carrie Salls | Feb 7, 2018

HOUSTON – Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. argued in a lawsuit filed Jan. 16 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas that it should not have to cover damages incurred by an apartment complex owner after two people were allegedly killed at the complex by a contracted security guard.

Wells Fargo breach case remanded by appellate court; credit amount, debt don't add up

By Carrie Salls | Jan 16, 2018

HOUSTON – Wells Fargo Bank NA will have to explain how two breach-of-contract lawsuit defendants could have racked up $81,070.79 in unpaid debt on an alleged $30,000 business line of credit after the 14th Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment entered in Wells Fargo’s favor and sent the case back to 113th District Court, Harris County for further proceedings.

Texas AG joins 19 other states in support of cake artist in same-sex marriage case

By Carrie Salls | Jan 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from 19 other states filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in September.

14th Court of Appeals dismisses case tied to home inspector employment status

By Carrie Salls | Dec 28, 2017

AUSTIN – The 14th Court of Appeals in the state of Texas dismissed a judgment in a case that questioned the employment status of a city of Clear Lake Shores-employed home inspector in a Dec. 7 opinion, overturning a ruling made by the 125th District Court of Harris County.

Baron & Budd hired to investigate North Carolina PFC disposal concerns

By Carrie Salls | Sep 18, 2017

DALLAS – Baron & Budd PC, a law firm based in Dallas, will be one of two firms representing Brunswick County, North Carolina in a matter in which the county is looking to “recover costs and ratepayer funds required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove certain chemicals from drinking water drawn from the Cape Fear River,” according to a statement released by Brunswick County on Sept. 6.

Sixth District appeals court strips Harleton Oil of interest sale award

By Carrie Salls | Jul 18, 2017

TEXARKANA – Harleton Oil & Gas Inc. will no longer receive $6.8 million it was awarded by the 71st District Court, Harrison County in connection with a sale of deep right interests in an oil and gas leasehold after the 6th District Court of Appeals at Texarkana reversed part of the district court’s ruling.

5th Circuit Court overturns preliminary injunction against Mississippi religious freedom law

By Carrie Salls | Jul 3, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a preliminary injunction granted to plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the state of Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act (HB 1523), according to a statement from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Government watchdog files FOIA lawsuit seeking alleged EPA encryption documents

By Carrie Salls | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Judicial Watch Inc. filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that some Environmental Protection Agency officials “may have used the cellphone encryption application ‘Signal’ to thwart government oversight and transparency,” according to a Judicial Watch news release.

Rep. Farenthold renews call for protection of 'innocent sellers'

By Carrie Salls | Mar 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) reintroduced a bill known as the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act that is designed to shield vendors who do not actually design or manufacture the products they sell from defect-related litigation.

State senator says bill seeks to stop 'storm-chasing' attorneys from 'inciting unnecessary' hail litigation

By Carrie Salls | Feb 22, 2017

AUSTIN – A bill introduced by Sen. Kelly Hancock aims to curb abuse of the legal system by lawyers filing hailstorm damage-related lawsuits in mass.  

Immigrant impact findings no surprise to congressman

By Carrie Salls | Feb 21, 2017

AUSTIN – New American Economy (NAE) has released a Map the Impact report, which highlights the economic, voting and other impacts immigrants have on their respective states, cities, congressional districts and industries and uses that data as a basis for its call for immigration reform efforts across the country.

Despite progress, East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse's founder cites work ahead to combat lawsuit abuse

By Carrie Salls | Feb 7, 2017

LONGVIEW – Despite progress made in turning around a reputation that has pegged Texas as a popular venue for medical malpractice lawsuits and “not a business friendly environment,” Ruben Martin, founder of East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, said in a newsletter entry commemorating ETALA’s 25th anniversary that “junk lawsuits continue to cost us dearly.” 

Plaintiffs' attorneys in BP securities litigation seek $20.25 million in fees

By Carrie Salls | Jan 25, 2017

&&& HOUSTON – Three firms that represented plaintiffs in nearly seven years of BP PLC securities litigation that included three cases and ended in a $175 million settlement have asked a federal court to award a total of $20.25 million, or 11.57 percent of the settlement fund, in fees in connection with their work.  

U.S. News & World Report honors Provost Umphrey, Blevins says its a 'great distinction'

By Carrie Salls | Dec 8, 2016

BEAUMONT – Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP has earned the Best Law Firms designation from the publishers of U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America for its continued success in the courtroom on behalf of its clients.  

Proposed state-focused environmental regulation changes could reduce lawsuits, says expert

By Carrie Salls | Dec 1, 2016

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The Heartland Institute’s “Action Plan for President Trump” calls for a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current rules and regulations and the establishment of a committee of state environmental leaders to make future policy decisions.  

States look to delay immigration action case until after inauguration

By Carrie Salls | Nov 23, 2016

BROWNSVILLE – Texas and more than a dozen other states have asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to stay a case related to their challenge of President Barack Obama’s suspension of immigration laws covering 4 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States until after the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.  

Houston hospital pushes forward with plan payment embezzlement allegations

By Carrie Salls | Nov 17, 2016

HOUSTON – RedOak Hospital LLC has responded to AT&T Services Inc.’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit related to withheld insurance plan payments, alleging the defendant’s argument “misses the mark because the plans’ anti-assignment provisions are ineffective as a matter of law.”