ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
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MARSHALL – The Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas on Dec. 8 denied enhanced damage awards for Saint Lawrence Communications (SLC) in a dispute with competitor Motorola Mobility LLC, but did award product royalties and related court costs for patent infringement by Motorola.
HOUSTON – A settlement agreement on Nov. 28 was reached in a lawsuit between Howmedica Osteonics Corp., a subsidiary of Stryker Corp., makers of orthopedic implant devices, and Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., in which Biomet was accused of engaging in unfair competition, improper use of trade secrets and improper solicitation of Stryker customers.
HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals reversed an earlier trial court judgment that disregarded allegations made by the owner of a San Antonio-based real estate business who accused his financial adviser of fraud.
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.
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
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.
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.
HOUSTON – Water damages to a hospital during a storm was not a result of negligence caused by a roofer, an appeals court ruled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.