HOUSTON – An appellate court has ruled that Wayne Hoang Nhut Doan, who owns submerged property under Muleshoe Lake, is not entitled to any additional compensation from TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP, the company that built a pipeline across the lake. Doan claimed the company trespassed.
SAN ANTONIO – A district court judge has ruled that ICON Health & Fitness infringed on a Chinese patent related to an elliptical exercise machine and awarded Nautilus Inc. $1.8 million in damages, plus attorney’s fees.
BEAUMONT – The patent infringement cases filed by German company Papst Licensing GMBH & Co. KG against Apple Inc. and ZTE Corp. and ZTE (USA) Inc. have been settled. Specific monetary terms of the settlement have not been publicly disclosed.
DALLAS – The court of appeals for the 5th District partially affirmed and partially reversed a lower court’s decision regarding the case of Rodney D. Bailey, a sheriff's deputy who sued Dallas County and others over allegations of wrongful termination.
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton clarified two rules governing concealed carry and security for churches in response to questions posed by the lieutenant governor following a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs that killed 26 people last November.
MIAMI – Royal Caribbean has filed a motion to dismiss the class action filed against it by a Canadian passenger upset at how the cruise line handled communication when Hurricane Harvey forced the cruise to be canceled.
NEW ORLEANS – In a class action brought by 173 Texas municipalities, a federal appellate court has ruled that the cost of occupancy tax on a hotel reservation in Texas need not be included in the fees charged by online travel companies like Expedia and Orbitz.
AUSTIN – According to a sealed motion recently made public, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against him for securities fraud, arguing his rights to due process were violated, subverting the grand jury process illegally.
BEAUMONT – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals at Beaumont has ordered the trial court to dismiss a truck driver's workers' compensation suit and ruled the suit’s proper venue was the Division of Worker’s Compensation.
DALLAS – Chef Kent Rathbun continues a costly dispute with his former business partners over the use of his name and likeness, but the state's 5th District Court of Appeals has granted him the right to use his own name and likeness while the lawsuit is pending, based on the doctrine of “unclean hands.
AUSTIN: On Oct. 20 the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals in the case of Ikechukwu Nweze, an attorney who was disbarred after faking an automobile accident and fabricating medical bills.
DALLAS – After winning its patent infringement case against Nintendo last August, iLife is now asking for not only the $10.1 million award from the jury but also prejudgment interest, post-judgment interest, and costs. This proposed amount totals $25 million.