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Gentlemen's club operator claims city of Houston ruining business

By John Suayan | Sep 22, 2015

The Houston District of the Southern District of Texas recently received a lawsuit that was first filed in the Harris County 215th District Court and alleges that the city of Houston enacted practices detrimental to the business of Richmond Ventures, Inc. Richmond Ventures first sued the city on July 23.

Defendant in trip & fall says plaintiff failed to heed warning sign

By John Suayan | Sep 22, 2015

A Galveston hearing aid business implicated in a woman’s personal injury lawsuit recently contested the allegations against it. Galveston County District Court records note that Galco Hearing Aid Services entered an original answer into the suit by Karen Hancock on Sept 9. Hancock sued Galco and Don Mafrige in Galveston County 56th District Court last month after she purportedly sustained injuries to her arm and knee on Aug. 22, 2013, while making her way to Galco’s property. The suit says th

Apple wants texting while driving suit dismissed, says issue is for the legislature and not the courts

By John Suayan | Sep 22, 2015

Arguing that distracted driving is an issue for the legislature and not the courts, Apple, Inc. formally responded to a federal lawsuit alleging it failed to design a smartphone that disables texting while driving and thus prevent a 2013 motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of two women and paralyzed a young boy who overcame cancer. Court records show that on Sept. 17 Apple submitted a 23-page answer and motion to dismiss into the suit, filed by plaintiffs Kimberly Meador, Amos Standar

GameStop, Wal-Mart refute allegations in patent infringement suit

By John Suayan | Sep 18, 2015

GameStop Corp. and Wal-Mart Inc. recently filed original answers to a federal lawsuit accusing them and several other entities of infringing upon patented microprocessor production technology. Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas records show GameStop and Wal-Mart, as well as the discount retailer’s subsidiary Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC, entered their rebuttals into DSS Technology Management, Inc.’s suit on Sept. 8. DSS is pursuing legal action on grounds United States Patent Number

Bowie Co. man's train ride results in knee injury, lawsuit

By John Suayan | Sep 17, 2015

Bowie County resident Bobby Cummings has filed a lawsuit against the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, claiming a train ride last year resulted in him injuring his knee. The suit, filed Sept. 15 in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern Division of Texas, explains that Cummings tried to purchase a fare with a disability discount on Aug. 5, 2014, only to be issued a senior citizen ticket. The next day, the suit says, Cummings boarded the train and “was told by th

Pro basketball player blames 24 Hour Fitness for season-ending injury

By John Suayan | Sep 17, 2015

A professional basketball player is suing 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc. over injuries he allegedly sustained a few months ago while working out at the company’s Friendswood location, Galveston County District Court records show. In a lawsuit filed Sept. 14 in the Galveston County 56th District Court, plaintiff and Friendswood resident James Blasczyk states he was playing basketball at his hometown’s 24 Hour Fitness club sometime in May when he suffered the injury in question. The suit claims the fa

City of Houston, United Airlines sued over man’s death at Bush Airport

By John Suayan | Sep 9, 2015

A Ghanaian woman recently filed a lawsuit in response to her husband’s 2014 death from injuries sustained while working on the inter-terminal rail at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Isabel Alama-Apamibola’s suit asserts Bombadier Transportation System; Bombadier, Inc.; the City of Houston and United Airlines are responsible for the passing of William Coffy. The litigation began in the Harris County 125th District Court on July 16.

Dude Perfect voluntarily dismissed from copyright infringement lawsuit

By John Suayan | Sep 9, 2015

A lawsuit targeting a Frisco-based sports and comedy entertainment group and two other entities for alleged copyright infringement came to a close last month, according to Sherman federal court records. Plaintiff and Missouri resident Adam Crask entered a voluntary dismissal without prejudice notice into his suit against Dude Perfect, LLC; The Integer Group, LLC and Pringles, LLC on Aug. 31. Crask, professionally known as Skyy Stylez, sued the trio for using a song titled “Going Bananas” in a

Ohio couple filed benzene suit against 14 petrochemical companies for husband's cancer

By John Suayan | Sep 2, 2015

An Ohio couple has pursued legal action against a host of petrochemical companies after the husband contracted cancer, recent Galveston County court records show. Columbus, Ohio residents Gregory and Patricia Justice filed a lawsuit in Galveston County 122nd District Court on Aug. 28, stating that BP Amoco Chemical Company, BP Corporation North America, Inc., BP Products North America, Inc. and eleven other entities are to blame for Gregory Justice developing acute myeloid leukemia in early 201

Woman claims firework struck her during 4th of July party, sues host

By John Suayan | Sep 2, 2015

A Galveston County woman’s lawsuit blames an Alvin man for injuries she allegedly sustained at a Fourth of July get-together on his property more than a year ago. In the suit, filed Aug. 24 in the Galveston County 10th District Court, plaintiff Kerry Vernell Crow-Hart asserts that she was a guest at William Thompson, Jr.’s residence on July 4, 2014, “when she was struck in the face by a firework mortar from a fireworks display set up at the home by” Thompson himself or someone upon Thompson’s i

Man sues travel insurance company for failing to cover mother's death in Nigeria

By John Suayan | Sep 1, 2015

Texas resident Eseoghene Ogbu-Sifo has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. should cover his mother’s 2013 death as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Nigeria. Ogbu-Sifo’s suit, filed Aug. 19 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, accuses Travelex of engaging “in deceptive practices for the sole purpose of avoiding payment of the plaintiff’s bona fide claim.” Court documents show that Ogbu-Sifo purchased the policy in question for his mot

Legal malpractice lawsuit against Arnold & Itkin closes

By John Suayan | Aug 28, 2015

A legal malpractice lawsuit that focused on Houston law firm Arnold & Itkin, L.L.P.

Abbott appoints fresh round of district judges

By John Suayan | Aug 28, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott recently appointed three more district judges, bringing his total to seven judges appointed in the final weeks of August. On Aug. 26 Abbott appointed David Perwin to the 505th Judicial District Court; Susan Rankin to the 254th District Court; and Chad Bridges of Sugar Land to the 240th Juridical District Court.

Alleged breach of Ashley Madison databases triggers class action lawsuit

By John Suayan | Aug 26, 2015

The company behind the Ashley Madison online dating website is the target of a class action federal lawsuit alleging a breach in its security system. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Aug. 21 in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, the unidentified plaintiff explains that the breach in question to defendant Avid Life Media, Inc.’s databases last month resulted in compromised security of his and class members’ personal, financial, and other information. “On or about Ju

Dude Perfect used song in videos without permission, lawsuit alleges

By John Suayan | Aug 19, 2015

A Missouri man is suing a Frisco-based sports and comedy entertainment group and two other entities in Sherman federal court on allegations they infringed on his copyrights in the instrumental composition and sound-recording of an instrumental song. Adam Crask’s lawsuit, filed Aug. 17 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, claims Dude Perfect, LLC; The Integer Group, LLC; and Pringles LLC used the musical piece in question, titled “Go Bananas”, in a nationwide advertising cam

Man accused of pistol-whipping daughter says it was self-defense

By John Suayan | Aug 19, 2015

A Marion County man whom a recent federal lawsuit alleges assaulted his daughter with his gun has filed an original answer. In court papers filed Aug. 10 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas, defendant Robert Wall asserts he was defending himself against plaintiff Deanna Stanfield. Stanfield, the answer explains, advanced on Wall and shone a light in his eyes while verbally threatening him with bodily injury. The plaintiff sued Wall on July 21, claiming she and her husban

Lawsuit says 2009 plane crash injured minor, cites engine failure

By John Suayan | Aug 17, 2015

A League City woman has pursued legal action in response to a plane crash five years ago that injured a younger relative, according to recent Galveston County District Court records. Farida Hill’s lawsuit, filed Aug. 14 in the Galveston County 56th District Court, shows Thomas Craig Hill piloted a 1946 Piper Cub J3 aircraft with Z.H.

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