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Settlement reached in JC auto collision lawsuit

By David Yates | Dec 6, 2018

BEAUMONT – An automobile collision lawsuit settled before a jury could judge the case.

Texas attorney seeks to dismiss $100M defamation suit, defendant wants $1M in sanctions

By David Yates | Dec 4, 2018

EAST TEXAS – Earlier this year, Jason Lee Van Dyke made headlines when he brought a $100 million defamation lawsuit. Now, the attorney wants to dismiss the case because he “lacks the time and resources to continue litigating against a lunatic.”

‘Massive’ judgments earn Texas ‘Dishonorable Mention’ on ‘Judicial Hellhole’ report

By David Yates | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Once a regular on the list, Texas managed to avoid landing a “Judicial Hellhole’ ranking this year, but did secure a “Dishonorable Mention” for dishing out massive damage awards, including the largest in the nation for 2018.

Provost Umphrey, James Payne hit with $1M legal malpractice suit

By David Yates | Dec 3, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Provost Umphrey Law Firm and equity partner James Payne have been hit with a legal malpractice lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Justices affirm judgment in ‘Baby Olivia’ lawsuit, find trial court did not err in deeming expert as qualified

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling deeming a medical expert as qualified in the highly publicized “Baby Olivia” case.

Fifth Circuit to determine if Texas anti-SLAPP applies in federal court, dozens of media orgs file brief in support

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Dozens of media organizations, including the American Society of News Editors, have filed a friend of the court brief in a case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that could determine whether state anti-SLAPP statutes apply in federal court.

Steve Mostyn’s e-signature appears on state document a year after suicide

By David Yates | Nov 28, 2018

BEAUMONT – A year after his suicide, the e-signature of John Steven Mostyn has appeared on a document recently filed with the Office of the Secretary of State of Texas.

State rep promising to reform TWIA while also profiting from lawsuits against it

By David Yates | Nov 28, 2018

HOUSTON – A video has recently surfaced of a Texas law firm boasting about involving a state representative in litigation against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

Doc, Gulf Coast Cardiology object to expert report in JC med-mal

By David Yates | Nov 27, 2018

BEAUMONT – Gulf Coast Cardiology Group and a physician are objecting to an expert report in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Jefferson County District Court.

Default judgment sought against PA doc in $1M med-mal

By David Yates | Nov 27, 2018

BEAUMONT – A motion for default judgment was recently filed in a medical malpractice lawsuit against two Port Arthur physicians who are accused of failing to perform an adequate tubal ligation.

Beaumont judge keeps TWIA Harvey suit in his court, denies motion for reconsideration

By David Yates | Nov 27, 2018

BEAUMONT – For the second time in two months, a district court has opted to keep a Hurricane Harvey lawsuit brought against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association in his court.

Chipotle granted new trial in statutory rape lawsuit, jurors were not allowed to hear that 16-year old girl consented

By David Yates | Nov 21, 2018

HOUSTON – Chipotle Mexican Grill will have a second chance to convince a jury that the restaurant chain is not liable for the sexual assault of one its minor employees by the girl’s 26-year old supervisor.

Ferguson Law Firm again named to ‘Best Law Firms in America’

By David Yates | Nov 20, 2018

BEAUMONT - The Ferguson Law Firm has once again been ranked among the Best Law Firms in America.

Jefferson County has collision suit nixed on appeal, justices dismiss case with prejudice

By David Yates | Nov 20, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals recently found merit in Jefferson County’s plea to the jurisdiction argument, dismissing an automobile collision lawsuit with prejudice.

Stay on Texas opioid MDL continues, drug manufactures set to file motions to dismiss once lifted

By David Yates | Nov 19, 2018

HOUSTON – Drug manufactures drew a line in the sand Friday, promising to fire a flurry of motions to dismiss in every opioid lawsuit brought in Texas.

Nail salon seeks summary judgment in JC slip & fall, suit alleges ‘poorly designed’ ramp caused fall

By David Yates | Nov 14, 2018

BEAUMONT – An area nail salon is seeking summary judgment in a slip and fall lawsuit alleging that a woman fell because of a “poorly designed” ramp.

Motion to abate denied in Harvey suit, judge however stays discovery until appraisal completed

By David Yates | Nov 14, 2018

BEAUMONT – Although a motion to abate was denied in a Hurricane Harvey lawsuit, a district judge has stayed discovery in the litigation until the appraisal process is complete.

Woman holds Bruce’s Seafood liable for motorist crashing into restaurant, files $1M suit

By David Yates | Nov 13, 2018

BEAUMONT – When area resident Blanca Myers went to go eat at Bruce’s Seafood Deli earlier this year, having a car smash into the restaurant certainly wasn’t on the menu.

Suit against Farmers Insurance settles before trial, case brought over underinsured motorist benefits

By David Yates | Nov 13, 2018

BEAUMONT – A lawsuit brought against Farmers Texas Mutual Insurance Company settled before the case could go to trial.

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