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HomeAway asks court to dismiss lawsuit over traveler fee

John Sammon Nov. 20, 2017, 3:55pm

AUSTIN – The Austin Division of the Western District of Texas is being asked to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by property owner plaintiffs who alleged the imposition of a new traveler fee by a company that makes short-term rental properties available for travelers on the Web was a breach of contract and represented fraud and unjust enrichment.

Court seals documents in dispute between Ericsson, TCL Communications over patent

John Sammon Nov. 17, 2017, 9:10am

MARSHALL – Days after a federal judge in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas ruled on Nov. 4 that a computer software patent registered by Ericsson Inc. is not invalid, dealing a blow to a competing firm TCL Communications, case documents have been sealed.

Court partially upholds decision in dispute between High Standards Networking, Occupational Medical Care

John Sammon Nov. 7, 2017, 9:42am

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas reversed one part if an earlier trial court decision that a medical care company had disparaged a computer support company resulting in business loss, but upheld the computer company’s breach of contract suit and money awards.

Texas appeals court modifies decision, grants court fees to medical care company

John Sammon Nov. 5, 2017, 6:38pm

HOUSTON - International Medicine Center Enterprises (IMC) was awarded court costs on Oct. 26 in a judgement by the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas in a lawsuit against a service provider IMC contended had engaged in deceptive business practices.

Roofer found not liable for water leak at Methodist Hospital

John Sammon Oct. 27, 2017, 11:28am

HOUSTON – Water damages to a hospital during a storm was not a result of negligence caused by a roofer, an appeals court ruled.

Texas court finds dry eye medicine patents not extendable under Native American tribe

John Sammon Oct. 23, 2017, 9:58am

MARSHALL – A federal judge on Oct. 16 ruled that patents for a medicinal product to alleviate a condition called dry eye were invalid after Allergan, a global pharmaceuticals company, attempted to extend the patents by transferring them to a Native American tribe in upstate New York.

Johnson & Johnson 'remains committed' in battle against hip implant lawsuits

John Sammon Oct. 10, 2017, 10:08am

DALLAS – Medicinal-pharmaceutical corporate giant Johnson & Johnson Co. continues to battle more than 8,000 lawsuits made against the company over an allegedly defective hip implant device, and attorneys for the firm insist they are in the right despite continuing setbacks in a case that seems to have no end.

Paxton states county clerks must file affidavit of adverse possession if it meets requirements

John Sammon Sep. 26, 2017, 12:18pm

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an opinion rendered on Sept. 12 that county clerks are duty bound to accept and file property claims for ownership under “adverse possession,” in other words, claiming property owned by someone else.

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.