David Yates News

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.

Texas House bill aims to change how state entities procure contingency fee contracts

By David Yates | Mar 4, 2019

AUSTIN – A new piece of legislation is on the table, a bill aiming to change how state agencies procure contingent fee contracts for legal services.

Texas Supreme Court ruling on attorney-client privilege can benefit insurers, says attorney

By David Yates | Feb 28, 2019

AUSTIN - The Supreme Court of Texas recently ruled in favor of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) regarding attorney-client privilege, a decision that can benefit insurance companies involved in litigation, according to one attorney.

Democrat congressman signs 'modified' contingency contract to keep financial stake in Texas lawsuit

By David Yates | Feb 28, 2019

McALLEN – Only three months ago, a sitting member of Congress signed a “modified” contingency fee contract to represent Hidalgo County in a construction defect lawsuit – a possible ethics violation.

Dayton Pipeline hit with $1M suit, truck driver allegedly distracted by cell phone and caused collision

By David Yates | Feb 26, 2019

BEAUMONT – On behalf of a mother and her minor son, The Ferguson Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Dayton Lease & Pipeline Services and a truck driver, who allegedly caused an automobile collision because he was distracted by his cell phone.

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.

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