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Appeals court ruling in Inhance Technologies LLC case a 'win,' counsel says

By David Hutton | Feb 1, 2018

HOUSTON – A recent appeals court opinion in a trade secret case is being touted as a victory for the impacted company and a watershed ruling in the state of Texas.

Appellate court reverses injunction in Inhance Technologies trade secret ruling

By David Hutton | Jan 17, 2018

HOUSTON – The Texas 1st District Court of Appeals has reversed a permanent injunction and remanded a lower court’s ruling of injunctive relief for further proceedings in a trade secrets lawsuit.

Ninth District Court of Appeals upholds verdict favoring Neches Federal Credit Union

By David Hutton | Jan 16, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Texas 9th District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s “take-nothing” judgment favoring Neches Federal Credit Union in a lawsuit over a home construction project.

San Antonio asks federal appellate court to reconsider opinion in hotel occupancy tax verdict

By David Hutton | Jan 16, 2018

NEW ORLEANS –The city of San Antonio has asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to overturn an $84 million verdict in the city’s dispute with online travel companies over Texas' hotel-occupancy tax ordinances.

Amarillo appeals court upholds reprimand of attorney who accused judge of bias

By David Hutton | Jan 11, 2018

AMARILLO – The Texas 7th District Court of Appeals at Amarillo has upheld the public reprimand of attorney Laurie Ray Hamlett, who was found by a trial court to have violated professional conduct rules.

14th Court of Appeals upholds ruling in former Clear Creek ISD employee's unemployment benefits case

By David Hutton | Jan 8, 2018

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s ruling upholding the Texas Workforce Commission’s denial of unemployment benefits.

Stockman’s fraud case keeping U.S. District Court docket busy

By David Hutton | Jan 8, 2018

HOUSTON – The New Year promises to be a busy one for the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas with a docket that includes pending cases against a former Texas lawmaker and two of his aides.

5th District Court of Appeals upholds arbitration confirmation in Southwest Securities case

By David Hutton | Jan 2, 2018

DALLAS – The Texas 5th District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling by the 44th Judicial District Court upholding a ruling confirming an arbitration award in a case involving Southwest Securities Inc.

Paxton announces settlement with pharma company in deceptive marketing case

By David Hutton | Jan 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with attorneys general from all other states and the District of Columbia, have reached a $13.5 million settlement with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a complaint over alleged off-label marketing and deceptive claims about four of its prescription drugs.

Appeals court remands libel case against Houston Chronicle, KHOU-TV back to trial court

By David Hutton | Dec 28, 2017

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court has sided with owners of The Houston Chronicle and CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in their battle against a libel lawsuit filed by a Houston lounge.

Texas appeals court slices Pizza Hut out of condemnation money

By David Hutton | Dec 28, 2017

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Pizza Hut of America isn’t entitled to a slice of the $427,100 that the Houston Community College System paid tenants of a shopping center it condemned.

Court jury awards $75 million to Ericsson in patent infringement case

By David Hutton | Dec 27, 2017

MARSHALL – The Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas jury has awarded Ericsson $75 million in its patent infringement case against TCL Communication Technology Holdings, agreeing that TLC infringed on the company’s patent for a software control system in mobile devices.

Ballard Exploration gets court victory in royalties case

By David Hutton | Dec 21, 2017

HOUSTON – A U.S. Court of Appeals judge has sided with Ballard Exploration Co. for interest and attorney’s fees in a case that claimed the company wrongfully withheld royalties.

Federal judge denies churches’ request for FEMA funding for Harvey damage

By David Hutton | Dec 18, 2017

HOUSTON – A U.S. district court judge has denied a series of requests from three Houston-area churches seeking money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make repairs to their buildings damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

U.S. district judge dismisses case against social media outlets over Dallas police shooting

By David Hutton | Dec 13, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. district court judge has cleared social media outlets in a lawsuit stemming from a 2016 mass shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead.

U.S. district court rules in favor of 2200 West Alabama in dispute with insurer

By David Hutton | Nov 22, 2017

HOUSTON – The Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas has granted summary judgment to the landlord of a Houston shopping center who had filed a complaint against an insurance company that had rejected a claim for liability coverage in an underlying lawsuit connected to commercial leases.

Paxton's amicus brief in illegal immigrant's abortion battle doesn't change outcome of case

By David Hutton | Nov 17, 2017

AUSTIN – In an effort to prevent Texas from becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants seeking abortions, Attorney General Ken Paxton headed an eight-state coalition to head off abortion on demand for aliens who are in the United States illegally without success.

Chevron reaches settlement in trade secret lawsuit with terminated contractor

By David Hutton | Nov 8, 2017

HOUSTON – A settlement has been reached in Chevron USA Inc.’s lawsuit against Ronald Guajardo in which the company had alleged the contractor stole proprietary information.

Fox Television Stations states plaintiff has not responded to requests to schedule deposition

By David Hutton | Nov 2, 2017

HOUSTON – Fox Television Stations LLC has filed a motion to compel discovery in a discrimination claim filed against the company in Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, stating the plaintiff hasn't responded to requests.

Texas 14th Court of Appeals affirms dismissal of former employee’s suit against HISD

By David Hutton | Oct 31, 2017

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals has rejected a former employee's appeal of the claims against the Houston Independent School District, upholding a lower court’s dismissal.

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