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Van Dyke agrees to 1-year suspension of law license

By David Yates | Feb 26, 2019

AUSTIN – The same attorney who filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against a man who labeled him a drug addict and white nationalist has agreed to a one-year suspension of his law license for making threats against the same individual.

Experts think ALI restatement on liability insurance law can be a resource for Texas courts, lawyers

By David Yates | Feb 25, 2019

HOUSTON – Dozens of Texas lawyers, judges and insurance professionals gathered at the downtown federal courthouse on Monday to hear how a Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance can be used as a resource for Lone Star courts and attorneys.

Chevron USA hit with asbestos suit, Provost Umphrey representing plaintiffs

By David Yates | Feb 21, 2019

BEAUMONT – The family of Jimmy Thomas Jr. have filed an asbestos suit against Chevron USA.

TPPF to Paxton: It’s unlawful to force attorneys to abandon First Amendment rights in order to practice law

By David Yates | Feb 20, 2019

AUSTIN – Another line in the sand has been drawn, as the Texas Public Policy Foundation recently asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to affirm that the use of mandatory State Bar dues for political advocacy is unconstitutional.

Dallas County judge denies allegation he hid Brian Loncar’s plans for firm after death

By David Yates | Feb 19, 2019

McALLEN – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is denying allegations made by an attorney accusing him of going against what Brian Loncar wanted for his firm after his death.

Suit alleges Harris County judges circumvented defendant's constitutional right to bail

By David Yates | Feb 15, 2019

HOUSTON – A lawsuit involving the on-going fight between bail reform and the legal right to bail was filed Feb. 14 in Harris County District Court.

Jurisdiction plea granted in Brian ‘Strong Arm’ Loncar estate case, widow accuses Dallas County judge of helping to hide $1.5M from her

By David Yates | Feb 14, 2019

DALLAS – The Texas lawyer once known as “The Strong Arm” allegedly also had sneaky fingers, according to his widow, who claims Brian Loncar hid millions from her with the help of his staff and other attorneys, one of whom is sitting Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Past and present Texas Bar presidents trade letters over ‘unprecedented’ voter ‘suppression’

By David Yates | Feb 13, 2019

AUSTIN – A former Texas Bar president is asking the current to withdraw an opinion request made to Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been called upon to determine if 76,000 “senior” lawyers around the state have the right to vote on the election of Texas Young Lawyers Association officials.

Major hotel chains seek to dismiss antitrust suit, online booker alleges conspiracy to inflate prices

By David Yates | Feb 11, 2019

TEXARKANA – By agreeing not to bid on each other’s branded keywords, major hotel chains allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to stifle competition, keep prices high and make it harder for consumers to comparison shop – that’s the primary accusation made in an antitrust lawsuit brought by TravelPass, an online travel agency.

Ferguson Law attorney Leger wins $2.94M workplace safety verdict in wrongful death case against Chevron Pipeline

By David Yates | Feb 8, 2019

LOUISIANA - When Jane Leger, a partner at The Ferguson Law Firm, was asked to try a wrongful death case in Louisiana, she faced a challenging federal venue, a case that had been originally dismissed, and an expert witness who blamed her own client.

Ferguson Law brings multi-million dollar suits against Pizza Hut for delivery driver collisions

By David Yates | Feb 6, 2019

BEAUMONT – One the same day, The Ferguson Law Firm brought two lawsuits against Pizza Hut, each seeking more than $1 million in damages for automobile collisions allegedly caused by delivery drivers.

Denied: Injunction seeking to stop Port Arthur from demolishing Harvey-damaged building

By David Yates | Feb 6, 2019

BEAUMONT – A district judge has denied an injunction seeking to stop the city of Port Arthur from demolishing a building that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

HC Attorney Ryan sues Kuraray for 2018 explosion, alleges Clean Air Act violations

By David Yates | Feb 6, 2019

HOUSTON - Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit against Kuraray America for violations of the Texas Clean Air Act. The violations allegedly occurred as a result of an explosion and flash fire that occurred at the company’s Pasadena manufacturing plant in May 2018.

Allstate hit with back-to-back plaintiff verdicts in JC court, awards total more than $212K

By David Yates | Feb 5, 2019

BEAUMONT – Allstate didn’t fare to well at the Jefferson County courthouse in January, as the insurance company was hit with back-to-back plaintiff verdicts.

Mostyn Law sues bank for its cut from Sandy claim

By David Yates | Feb 4, 2019

HOUSTON – A law firm that has handled “tens of thousands” of lawsuits against insurance companies is suing a bank for its expenses and fees owed from a Superstorm Sandy claim.

Martin Transport dismissed from discrimination suit

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2019

BEAUMONT – A discrimination lawsuit brought against Martin Transport has been dismissed with prejudice.

Former HC treasurer sues man who poured water on him, seeks more than $1M in damages

By David Yates | Jan 31, 2019

HOUSTON – Orlando Sanchez made splash headlines in December when water was dumped on his head at press conference. A month later, the former Harris County treasurer is alleging assault and suing.

Discovery issues crop up in burning vape suit, plaintiff seeks more than $1M in damages

By David Yates | Jan 31, 2019

BEAUMONT – Discovery issues have manifested in a lawsuit brought over a vaporizer that allegedly caught fire while in a man’s pocket.

Allstate non-suited following jury verdict of $183K in JC

By David Yates | Jan 30, 2019

BEAUMONT – Recently filed court records show Allstate Fire and Casualty was non-suited from a lawsuit a month after a jury delivered a verdict of more than $183,000 in damages against the insurance company.

Parties seek to continue trial setting in case between Gulf Coast Electric, Morganti Texas

By David Yates | Jan 30, 2019

BEAUMONT — An agreed motion for continuance was recently filed in a breach of contract suit brought by a Jefferson County electric business against a contractor.

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