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Lawsuit against HCAD for discriminating against married couples can continue, judge rules

By David Yates | May 17, 2019

HOUSTON - A lawsuit accusing the Harris County Appraisal District of implementing a discriminatory taxing scheme against married couples can proceed, a Harris County judge has ruled.

Woman accuses former CITGO CEO of firing her for refusing to commit criminal acts on his behalf

By David Yates | May 16, 2019

HOUSTON – A former CITGO Petroleum employee is suing the company, alleging former CEO Nelson Martinez, who was arrested for corruption and theft, fired her for refusing to commit criminal acts.

Industrial Safety resolves suit alleging man was injured after chair broke

By David Yates | May 16, 2019

BEAUMONT – A personal injury lawsuit slated for trial last month appears to have been resolved.

Security guard sues ExxonMobil after tripping on ‘defective’ carpet

By David Yates | May 16, 2019

BEAUMONT – A security guard is suing ExxonMobil alleging she tripped on “defective” carpet.

$555K verdict rendered in JC med-mal alleging doc discharged sedated patient

By David Yates | May 15, 2019

BEAUMONT – A jury recently awarded a local woman more than half-a-million dollars in damages, finding a physician was negligent in his care of her.

No cheddar for trucker who claims rat caused him to panic and fall while brushing teeth

By David Yates | May 14, 2019

HOUSTON – An appellate court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of company that was sued by a trucker who claims a rat caused him to panic and fall while brushing his teeth.

Texas Bar launches counterattack in legal fight to stop collection of mandatory dues

By David Yates | May 14, 2019

AUSTIN - The State Bar of Texas has launched an all-out offensive, firing a barrage of filings yesterday in hopes of killing a lawsuit brought by three attorneys who contend paying mandatory dues violates their First Amendment rights.

Mostyn Law files preemptive suit against Beaumont firm over past work, records show firms still working together on active Ike case

By David Yates | May 13, 2019

HOUSTON – Perhaps opting to strike first, The Mostyn Law Firm has filed a petition seeking declaratory judgment against a Beaumont law firm, asserting the statute of limitations has elapsed for it to be sued.

Barratry suit brought against Texas attorneys, plaintiff claims case was ‘transferred’ and settled without consent

By David Yates | May 9, 2019

HOUSTON – A woman is claiming her lawsuit was “transferred” and settled without her consent and knowledge.

Bar patron named Stone slips on gravel, sues Luke’s Icehouse for failing to barricade sidewalk

By David Yates | May 8, 2019

BEAUMONT – A bar patron is suing Luke’s Icehouse for failing to provide “warning signs” and “barriers” around the loose pea gravel spread across the sidewalk, which allegedly caused him to slip and fall.

AG Paxton’s Office files suit against operator of crowdfunding scheme

By David Yates | May 8, 2019

AUSTIN – On May 5, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction preventing Douglas W. Monahan and his company, iBackPack of Texas, LLC, from participating in deceptive crowdfunding schemes in violation of the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Woman claims former Pub Fiction manager forced her to perform oral sex during Uber ride, sues for $10M

By David Yates | May 8, 2019

HOUSTON – A recently filed lawsuit is arguing Pub Fiction is more culpable than the men who sexually assaulted one of its employees.

Appraiser claims he was stiffed by Dick

By David Yates | May 8, 2019

“How can any appraiser be ‘disinterested’ or ‘impartial,’ as required by all insurance policies,” asks attorney Steven Badger, “when the appraiser has hundreds of appraisals for a single lawyer, in addition to also working for that lawyer as an expert witness and estimate writer?”

Legal malpractice suit accuses Mark Lanier of ‘being too busy accumulating accolades’ to handle BP oil spill claim

By David Yates | May 7, 2019

HOUSTON – Instead of handling his client’s BP oil spill claim, attorney Mark Lanier had “more important” things to do, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

Beto’s ‘green’ policy could mean more climate change litigation against oil companies, loss of Texas jobs

By David Yates | May 6, 2019

HOUSTON – Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke grabbed a myriad of headlines last month by proposing to spend $5 trillion in an effort to combat climate change. What garnered little attention from the media, however, was a single sentence in the “guarantee net-zero emissions” part of O’Rourke’s plan: “Enforcing our laws to hold polluters accountable, including for their historical actions or crimes.”

Texas House passes bill aiming to curtail attorney solicitation of local governments

By David Yates | May 2, 2019

AUSTIN – The Texas House has passed HB 2826, which could curtail the growing trend of attorneys soliciting local governments to pursue litigation.

Texas Senate honors Provost Umphrey founder Walter Umphrey

By David Yates | May 2, 2019

BEAUMONT – The Texas Senate adopted a resolution honoring firm founder and legal legend Walter Umphrey for his legal accomplishments and philanthropic service to Southeast Texas and on behalf of all Texans.

Harris County Attorney Ryan files lawsuits to close two illegal poker clubs

By David Yates | May 2, 2019

HOUSTON - Harris County Attorney Ryan filed lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to close two illegal poker clubs operating in Houston.

‘Better get Dick’ hail attorney sued by insurance appraiser, expert says suit exposes biased relationship in mass filings against insurers

By David Yates | May 1, 2019

HOUSTON – An insurance lawyer has been sued by an appraiser who claims to have worked with him closely on hundreds of lawsuits – a relationship that raises questions of bias in mass litigation against insurers, according to one industry expert.

Roofer falls off roof, sues homeowners for $1M in damages

By David Yates | May 1, 2019

BEAUMONT – A roofer is suing the homeowners who hired him to repair their roof two years ago, alleging he was injured after he fell off the roof.

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