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Lawsuit abuse watchdog says health care advertising a threat to patients, urges Texas Legislature to take action

By David Yates | Mar 21, 2019

AUSTIN — Texas television viewers were inundated by more than 190,000 advertisements for legal services in the state’s three largest media markets over a six-month period last year – far more than for services like pizza delivery or hardware stores – according to a new report by the American Tort Reform Association.

McGinnis Lochridge welcomes Sophia Makris in Austin

By David Yates | Mar 20, 2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 20, 2019 – McGinnis Lochridge is pleased to welcome Sophia Makris as an Associate in Austin. She joins the firm’s Corporate & Tax Practice Group where she will represent clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities, banking matters and other commercial transactions. Makris was previously an associate with Alston & Bird LLP’s Dallas office.

Clearing civil dockets and emptying jails, Jefferson County district judge making good on campaign promises

By David Yates | Mar 20, 2019

BEAUMONT - Only a month in, Judge Mitch Templeton made good on his campaign promise by hearing a criminal matter in the 172nd District Court – a venue of general jurisdiction that has primarily managed civil cases the past several decades.

Woman slips in grease near chicken rotisserie area, files $200K suit against HEB

By David Yates | Mar 20, 2019

BEAUMONT – A slip and fall lawsuit seeking up to $200,000 in damages has been brought against HEB Grocery.

$1M lawsuit: Bed bug bites resulted in ‘severe personal injuries’

By David Yates | Mar 19, 2019

BEAUMONT – A lawsuit seeking up to $1 million in damages has been filed over bed bug bite injuries.

Asbestos suit against Texaco alleges exposure from 1954, man blames lung cancer on company

By David Yates | Mar 19, 2019

BEAUMONT – Texaco and two other companies have been named in asbestos lawsuit blaming them for a man’s lung cancer.

L.O.L. toy surprise, woman sues Target after ‘large’ toy falls from shelf and strikes head

By David Yates | Mar 19, 2019

BEAUMONT – There were no “Beware of falling toys” warning signs the day Jessica Gooden was shopping at Target, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

MCM Elegante Hotel responds to reconsideration motion in elevator injury suit

By David Yates | Mar 18, 2019

BEAUMONT – A plaintiff’s assertion that gross negligence is always inappropriate for summary judgment is “an absurd proposition,” says MCM Elegante Hotel in a recently filed court document.

Baptist Hospitals, doc victorious in med-mal trial - plaintiffs held defendants were liable for man’s suicide

By David Yates | Mar 18, 2019

BEAUMONT – Following a two week trial, a Jefferson County jury found Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and a physician were not liable for a man’s purported suicide.

Texas bills aim to lower cost of civil cases, shorten time to resolve

By David Yates | Mar 13, 2019

AUSTIN – A pair of bills recently introduced in the Texas Legislature seek to cut the costs of civil litigation, expediting the process by reducing discovery time and restricting continuances.

IHOP non-suited from ‘exploding egg’ lawsuit just days after it was filed

By David Yates | Mar 12, 2019

BEAUMONT – In the time that it takes to microwave an egg (well maybe not quite that fast), the International House of Pancakes has been non-suited from a lawsuit brought by a customer alleging an egg exploded in her face.

Reaud Morgan Quinn sues competing law firm for seeking a cut of the action

By David Yates | Mar 12, 2019

BEAUMONT – Reaud Morgan and Quinn, one of the area’s most well-known law firms, is suing a Houston law firm for seeking a cut of a settlement in a case that it claims was mostly handled by RMQ attorneys.

ICT to Host 2019 Workers’ Comp Seminar

By David Yates | Mar 12, 2019

AUSTIN - The Insurance Council of Texas will host its 2019 Workers’ Compensation Seminar on April 11 at the TCEA Conference Center in Austin.

TLR: Contingency fee bill will keep law firms accountable to Texas taxpayers

By David Yates | Mar 11, 2019

AUSTIN - Seeking to restructure and bring transparency to how local governments hire law firms, a sister bill to HB 2826 has followed in the Senate.

Petition seeks man’s chemical exposure history, possible benzene suit against Chevron to follow

By David Yates | Mar 7, 2019

BEAUMONT - A petition is seeking a man’s chemical exposure history to benzene, which was allegedly manufactured and sold by Chevron.

Family Dollar granted summary judgment in slip & fall lawsuit

By David Yates | Mar 7, 2019

BEAUMONT — Family Dollar Stores of Texas was recently granted summary judgment in a suit brought a Hardin County woman, who alleges the store’s negligence caused her to slip and fall.

Texas Bar Board sued by Bar members, attorneys argue forced funding of ‘diversity’ initiatives, other programs, is unconstitutional

By David Yates | Mar 7, 2019

AUSTIN – Compelling Lone Star attorneys to pay dues to the State Bar of Texas in order to fund “diversity” initiatives and legislative programs violates their First Amendment rights, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

Congressman’s bill TROLs bad actors, seeks to protect legitimate patent holders

By David Yates | Mar 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressman Michael Burgess, (R-TX), recently reintroduced H.R. 108, the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2019.

Apple bolting from Eastern District of Texas, venue a favorite of patent trolls

By David Yates | Mar 5, 2019

MARSHALL – Last year alone, a total of eight patent lawsuits were brought against Apple in the Eastern District of Texas – a hotspot for infringement litigation and home to numerous patent trolls.

Med-mal trial underway in JC, parents contend defendants liable for son’s suicide

By David Yates | Mar 4, 2019

BEAUMONT – After years of litigation, the trial of a medical malpractice lawsuit brought over the suicide of Christopher Reich is now underway.

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