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Harris County Attorney Ryan encourages awareness of revised sexually oriented business regulations

By David Yates | Jan 7, 2019

A revised Harris County ordinance regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB’s) went into effect Jan. 1 and will apply to areas of unincorporated Harris County.

Houston Astros seek to collect on sponsorship agreement with Nola Poboys

By David Yates | Jan 4, 2019

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros have filed a petition to confirm an arbitration award against the Nola Poboys Franchise.

‘Fen-phen’ plaintiffs lose appeal over Fleming’s cut from $339M settlement

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2019

HOUSTON – Around half of the 8,000 plaintiffs George Fleming represented in the “fen-phen” litigation ended up suing the Houston attorney, alleging unreasonable expenses were deducted from the $339 million settlement.

Harris County sues after exploding Glock injures to deputy

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2019

HOUSTON – Last March, a Harris County deputy was allegedly seriously injured when his handgun exploded.

Hail attorney indicted on charges of insurance fraud, barratry and money laundering

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON - A Galveston attorney is facing felony charges of insurance fraud, barratry, and money laundering related to several fraudulent hail claim lawsuits.

Justices backtrack in asbestos suit against Jefferson County, substitute previous opinion

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – In August, a Texas appellate court found a Jefferson County judge, who retired in the mid ‘90s and died from mesothelioma nearly a decade later, was required to give six months notice after retiring before an asbestos lawsuit could be filed against the county.

Texas AG announces $575M settlement with Wells Fargo

By David Yates | Dec 31, 2018

AUSTIN– On Dec. 28, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated consumer protection laws in Texas, 49 other states and the District of Columbia through alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices.

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Provost Umphrey fulfills Christmas wishes of children facing life-threatening illnesses

By David Yates | Dec 17, 2018

BEAUMONT, Texas – Trial law firm Provost Umphrey L.L.P. will help bring extra Christmas cheer to teens and young children facing life-threatening illnesses as the firm hosts Santa on Dec. 19 for a special gift delivery.

Ninth Court wipes $569K default judgment awarded to Philip Klein

By David Yates | Dec 13, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals has axed a default judgment worth more than half-a-million dollars awarded to area blogger Philip Klein and his company.

Ferguson Law Firm files class action for students hit by Brightwood College’s abrupt closing

By David Yates | Dec 13, 2018

BEAUMONT - A nation-wide class action was filed on Dec. 12 in a Beaumont federal court, accusing wide-spread misconduct on the part of multiple entities involved with the abrupt closing of multiple college campuses across the country.

Dozens of companies named in asbestos suit, Provost Umphrey representing plaintiff

By David Yates | Dec 12, 2018

BEAUMONT – A recently filed asbestos lawsuit is seeking exemplary damages against dozens of companies.

Provost Umphrey names 30 companies in benzene suit, plaintiffs seek more than $1M in damages

By David Yates | Dec 11, 2018

BEAUMONT - More than two-dozen companies have been named as defendants in a benzene lawsuit brought by a Warren couple seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Justices affirm denial of motions to dismiss Harvey inverse condemnation suits against San Jacinto River Authority

By David Yates | Dec 11, 2018

HOUSTON – District courts were right to deny motions to dismiss brought by the San Jacinto River Authority in several inverse condemnation cases, according to the First Court of Appeals.

TWIA files jurisdictional plea in JC Harvey suit, argues appraisal is only remedy

By David Yates | Dec 10, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Texas Windstorm Association recently filed a plea to the jurisdiction in a Hurricane Harvey lawsuit, arguing appraisal is the only remedy for the plaintiff.

Scott Bailey, Wei Xu join Weil as associates in Dallas office

By David Yates | Dec 10, 2018

DALLAS – Scott Bailey and Wei Xu have joined the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges as associates in the firm’s Corporate Department.

Houston firefighters accept Tony Buzbee’s offer to mediate Prop B dispute

By David Yates | Dec 7, 2018

HOUSTON – The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association has accepted Tony Buzbee’s no-cost offer to mediate the city of Houston’s dispute with the firefighters.

Sanctions sought: LaBelleCo claims Arnold & Itkins attorney should have known suit was ‘fictitious’

By David Yates | Dec 6, 2018

BEAUMONT – Last August, Jake Kemp filed suit against LaBelleCo Fab, seeking more than $1 million in damages for an on-the-job injury.

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