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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.

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.

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