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Federal jury clears Kawasaki in Mule rollover case, attorney says tween girls were out for a ‘spin’ without adult supervision

By David Yates | Oct 16, 2018

HOUSTON —A federal jury recently found a Kawasaki Motors Mule was not defective and responsible for the injuries a minor teen received when she and her friends took the off-road vehicle out for a “spin” without adult supervision.

JC jury hits Compass Bank with $370K verdict, half of amount awarded as attorney’s fees

By David Yates | Oct 15, 2018

BEAUMONT – After nearly three years of litigation, a Port Neches couple received a favorable verdict in their lawsuit against Compass Bank, with jurors awarding around $370,000 in total – half of which was allotted as attorney fees.

Former TTLA president referred to State Bar of Texas for possible disciplinary action

By David Yates | Oct 11, 2018

DALLAS – The Fifth Court of Appeals has referred John Lin McCraw, a past Texas Trial Lawyers Association president, to the State Bar of Texas for possible disciplinary action after attacking the integrity of two justices over campaign contributions.

Federal jury finds DynaEnergetics did not infringe competitor’s patent

By David Yates | Oct 11, 2018

MARSHALL - DynaEnergetics has successfully defended itself in a $49 million patent infringement case brought by GeoDynamics, a competing company that also develops explosives used by oil field customers.

Trial of hail lawsuit ends with TWIA victory

By David Yates | Oct 10, 2018

ANGLETON – A Brazoria County jury recently found the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association properly denied a hail claim brought by a man who waited more than 300 days to make the claim.

With Bradley out, JC trial lawyers throw financial support behind Chappell in race to replace Judge Floyd

By David Yates | Oct 10, 2018

BEAUMONT – With their fellow plaintiff’s attorney out, Jefferson County trial lawyers are now throwing their financial support behind Melody Chappell in the race to replace Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd District Court.

Lawsuit accuses Facebook of allowing sex traffickers ‘unfiltered access’ to children

By David Yates | Oct 8, 2018

HOUSTON – A recently filed lawsuit is accusing Facebook, along with several other companies, of treating children like commodities.

$5M concussion suit brought against Santa Fe ISD over football injury

By David Yates | Oct 8, 2018

GALVESTON - Santa Fe ISD, the same district that suffered a tragic high school shooting in May, has now been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit over a head injury suffered by a minor in a football drill.

TransCanada Keystone summary judgment win affirmed, rice farmer alleges pipeline work impacted crop

By David Yates | Oct 4, 2018

BEAUMONT – TransCanada Keystone recently had a summary judgment win affirmed in a case alleging the taking of private rice farm leasehold without just compensation.

Preschool sued for fingernail clipping mishap of minor, loss of earning capacity damages sought

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2018

BEAUMONT – The guardian of a minor who attended Niklem Kids Academy is suing the preschool for a fingernail clipping injury the little girl suffered last April.

Pets can’t be considered ‘stock’ for the purpose of awarding attorney’s fees, Texas appellate court opines

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2018

HOUSTON – Man’s best friend isn’t considered a stock animal for the purposes of awarding attorney’s fees, a Texas appellate court recently opined.

Exxon calls Cali climate change lawsuits ‘abusive’ and ‘baseless,’ says attempt to challenge its counter litigation ‘falls flat’

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2018

FORT WORTH – California municipalities took aim at Texas-based speech by filing “baseless” climate change lawsuits and a Texas trial court was right to exercise personal jurisdiction over them, according to ExxonMobil’s recently filed appellate brief.

Jury finds YMBL of Beaumont and plaintiff equally at fault for gate-climbing injury, $778K in damages awarded

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – Both the Young Men’s Business League of Beaumont and the man who sued the organization are equally at fault for the injuries the plaintiff suffered while climbing a metal gate, according to a Jefferson County jury.

Legal watchdogs kick off awareness week by reminding Texans that protecting the courts ‘starts with you’

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2018

AUSTIN — When it comes to protecting Texas’ courts from frivolous lawsuits, “It Starts With You.” That’s the message that Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups are delivering as they kick off Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, which runs Oct. 1-5.

Ferguson Law Firm secures TRO in fiery I-10 crash

By David Yates | Sep 27, 2018

BEAUMONT - The Ferguson Law Firm has secured a temporary restraining order regarding the fiery 18-wheeler crash that occurred on Interstate 10 on Sept. 20.

Texas AG reaches $148M settlement with Uber for data breach

By David Yates | Sep 27, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterparts from 49 other states and the District of Columbia on Sept. 26 announced a $148 million settlement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. over its one-year delay in reporting a data breach regarding Uber drivers.

New CPR report says ‘campaign to limit access’ has left ‘courts with diminished power’

By David Yates | Sep 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – The American civil justice system elicits strong opinions from both sides of lady justice’s scales. And while some argue the courts are being exploited as breeding grounds for frivolous litigation, others view efforts to reform the tort system as an attack to impede access.

Legal battle to designate responsible parties unfolds in suit over Teel shooting

By David Yates | Sep 25, 2018

BEAUMONT — A battle to designate responsible third parties in a civil lawsuit involving the shooting death of Kera Teel and her unborn daughter is unfolding.

String of favorable plaintiff verdicts continues in Jefferson County, $205K awarded in auto collision case

By David Yates | Sep 25, 2018

BEAUMONT – Fall may be here, but that doesn’t mean things are cooling down at the Jefferson County courthouse, as civil jury trials in recent months continue to end with lucrative outcomes for plaintiffs.

Civil trial against YMBL of Beaumont underway, plaintiff injured while climbing metal gate

By David Yates | Sep 24, 2018

BEAUMONT – Jury selection began Monday in a personal injury lawsuit brought against the Young Men’s Business League of Beaumont.

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