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Texas Supreme Court to review case of injured oil rig worker who received $9.6 million settlement

John Sammon Sep. 20, 2017, 10:27am

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court will review a case to decide if an oil rig worker who received approximately $9.6 million in damages from injuries sustained on the job deserved the award after a video that had been rejected by a trial court as evidence allegedly showed the man doing physical labor free of pain.

Appellate court dismisses appeal of Sealy officials in Town Park Center dispute

John Sammon Aug. 31, 2017, 11:08am

HOUSTON – The developers of Town Park Center, a retail complex in Sealy, won the latest round in a continuing lawsuit against the city of Sealy when the Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas dismissed an appeal from the 155th District Court in Austin on Aug. 24.

NFL appoints arbitrator to hear appeal by Dallas Cowboys star Elliott

John Sammon Aug. 29, 2017, 11:33am

DALLAS – Noted case arbitrator Harold Henderson will hear an appeal by Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott to have a six-game suspension reduced after the football player was accused of domestic violence in a case that is pitting the NFL against its players union.

Government seeks to seize assets of Dallas attorney in medical equipment fraud case

John Sammon Aug. 16, 2017, 1:55pm

DALLAS – The U.S. government moved to seize the assets of Dallas attorney Tshombe Anderson after Anderson pled guilty Aug. 3 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a case that also involves four of his family members.

Texas named as one of the most business friendly states in the country, lawsuit reform credited as part of the reason

John Sammon Aug. 7, 2017, 1:32pm

AUSTIN – The state of Texas was recognized as one of the most business-friendly in the country and tort reformers said capping how much a person can collect on a lawsuit is part of the reason.

New York woman sues attorney Don Ford alleging negligence in father custody case

John Sammon Aug. 2, 2017, 1:44pm

HOUSTON – A New York woman and actress Juliette Fairley has sued Houston and Dallas-based probate attorney Don Ford for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, alleging that malfeasance led to her losing a custody case in which her father, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, was instead placed in an old-age home whose care she alleges is substandard.

Houston firefighters get signatures to ask voters for pay parity with police

John Sammon Aug. 1, 2017, 10:16am

HOUSTON – Firefighters in Houston got the more than 32,000 signatures needed on a petition of people who supported to place before voters in November a ballot requesting parity in pay between themselves and police officers, which could jeopardize city plans to reform pensions, city officials said.

Sons of inventor drop patent suit against Disney over MagicBand device

John Sammon Jul. 18, 2017, 9:57am

BEAUMONT – The sons of a Texas inventor who challenged Disney Parks and Resorts for allegedly infringing their father’s patented wireless connecting system without authorization have dropped voluntarily their suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Jefferson County immune from constable’s request for arbitration, court decides

John Sammon Jul. 12, 2017, 10:39am

BEAUMONT – The Court of Appeals of the Ninth District of Texas turned back the request of a former police constable to have Jefferson County arbitrate a settlement in his alleged wrongful termination case.

Texas Supreme Court to review patent agent-client confidentiality privilege

John Sammon Jul. 5, 2017, 8:05am

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court will review whether patent agents who advise their inventor clients should be granted the same confidentiality privileges attorneys have with their clients - the first time a state supreme court has taken up the issue.

Texas appeals court rejects new trial for couple seeking damages to home from Hurricane Ike

John Sammon Jun. 20, 2017, 10:36am

HOUSTON – Two attempts to seek a new trial from a couple who alleged their insurer had failed to provide adequate payments for their home after it was damaged by Hurricane Ike has been turned back by the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas.

Former Baylor University financial aid officer Kinyon and university settle lawsuit

John Sammon Jun. 1, 2017, 1:50pm

HOUSTON – A former Baylor University financial aid officer who sued the university contending she was terminated because she reinstated the scholarship of a former football player wrongly kicked off the team for alleged sexual misconduct settled the case last week in an agreement with the university.

Investment recruiter asks for new trial in alleged oil scam case

John Sammon May 19, 2017, 9:06am

HOUSTON – One of a group of businessmen the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged sold fraudulent oil and gas investments to shareholders asked for a new court trial earlier this month, contending that his involvement in the case, recruiting investors, had ended before a summary court judgment determined that fraud had been committed.

Court finds in favor of CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric in case claiming malicious prosecution

John Sammon May 19, 2017, 9:05am

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas found in favor of an electric utility company sued by a man who alleged the company had engaged in malicious prosecution, negligence, conspiracy and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Texas ACLU sends letters to 13 counties regarding its concerns with potential ICE agreement

John Sammon Apr. 25, 2017, 8:29am

HOUSTON – The Texas American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to 13 Texas counties warning them against agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it said would compromise public safety; and in a separate move filed a lawsuit against the federal government demanding access to records showing how airports are handling President Donald Trump’s travel ban.