Dallas County News

Billing records for Texas opioid cases show wildly varying costs among lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Dec 13, 2018

May 15 was a busy day for the name partners at the Tyler, Texas-based Martin Walker law firm. Each billed 14.5 hours at $750 an hour, for a total of $21,750, to review lawsuits six Texas counties were preparing to file against opioid manufacturers and distributors that day.

Woman's sexual harassment suit against catering service tossed

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A federal lawsuit accusing a catering service of terminating a Dallas County woman for pushing back against sexual harassment was recently dismissed.

Facing complaints of excessive fees, Texas counties release billing records of their opioid lawyers for free

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 10, 2018

Texas counties that demanded tens of thousands of dollars to provide billing records from outside attorneys representing them in opioid lawsuits have mostly agreed to hand them over for free

Federal court orders Dallas County to stop unconstitutional bail practices

By David Yates | Sep 21, 2018

DALLAS — On Sept. 20, a federal judge in Dallas ordered Dallas County to stop its practice of automatically using money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies, a press release states.

Dallas County family scores $242M verdict in product liability suit against Toyota

By John Suayan | Aug 23, 2018

DALLAS – A local family won its two-year-old lawsuit against Toyota on Aug. 17 when a jury reached a $242 million verdict in their favor, according to recent Dallas County District Court records.

Provost Umphrey lawyer working with storm attorney named in barratry scheme, dozens of insurers sued by father-son duo

By David Yates | Aug 22, 2018

BEAUMONT – While a father-son attorney duo isn’t particularly remarkable, a court records search shows that a Provost Umphrey lawyer has worked with his son, whose name was previously mentioned in a barratry scheme, on dozens of storm lawsuits throughout Texas.

Harris County officials negotiated ‘bad’ deal on opioid suit

By The Record | Aug 21, 2018

Public officials in multiple Texas counties have resisted the allure of easy money and just said no to plaintiffs attorneys peddling opioid lawsuits.

Texas officials were 'in over their heads' when they struck deals with opioid lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Aug 16, 2018

When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.

Pilot Catastrophe Services alleged to owe adjusters unpaid overtime wages

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Aug 8, 2018

HOUSTON – A Dallas County woman alleges an insurance carrier claims processing company failed to pay for overtime work.

Lawsuit blames hotel worker's drowning death during Harvey on improper planning for floods

By John Suayan | Jun 11, 2018

DALLAS – The surviving relatives of a Houston hotel employee who perished on the job during a hurricane last year have sued her employer and several others, according to recent Dallas County District Court records.

Diners claim shooting at restaurant caused stampede, injuries

By John Suayan | Apr 27, 2018

HOUSTON – Dallas County residents Stacy and Philbert McCoy are suing Pappas Restaurants, Inc., doing business as Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, in response to an alleged shooting at the eatery earlier this year.

Former sign installer claims Tips Family Enterprises owes unpaid overtime wages

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 13, 2018

SHERMAN – A Dallas County man alleges that his former Denton County employer owes him unpaid wages.

Opioid lawsuits cropping up all over Texas, TLR says ‘enriching’ law firms won’t cure epidemic

By David Yates | Feb 21, 2018

HOUSTON – Joining a nationwide trend, Texas municipals have begun suing the makers of opioids in recent months, alleging drug manufactures knew of the dangers but placed profits above the public good. And while no one is really debating that opioid addiction isn’t real or a problem, at least one group is questioning how enriching trial lawyers will cure the epidemic.

5th District Court of Appeals upholds arbitration confirmation in Southwest Securities case

By David Hutton | Jan 2, 2018

DALLAS – The Texas 5th District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling by the 44th Judicial District Court upholding a ruling confirming an arbitration award in a case involving Southwest Securities Inc.

Case against Dallas County by former sheriff's deputy sent back to trial court

By Dee Thompson | Jan 2, 2018

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.

Dallas Co. jury awards developer $98 million in commercial dispute case

By John Suayan | Dec 21, 2017

DALLAS – A nearly four-year-old commercial dispute lawsuit pitting a luxury home developer against BBVA Compass bank recently ended with a Dallas County jury issuing a $98 million verdict, according to recent Dallas County District Court records.

Dallas Co. woman says forced attendance of Halloween company party affront to her Christian faith

By John Suayan | Oct 31, 2017

DALLAS – Halloween is associated with costumes, candy, and the occult, but to one Dallas County woman, it is an affront to her religion and a reason she allegedly lost her job.

Mostyn Law dumps hail client before trial, insurer seeks to dismiss case

By David Yates | Oct 25, 2017

DALLAS – Mostyn Law recently withdrew its representation of a hail client – a move that comes only a month before the case was set to go to trial.

Jury awards $4 billion in punitive damages to American Airlines exec widow, children

By Olivia Olsen | Oct 11, 2017

DALLAS – The heirs of Max Hopper, a deceased American Airlines executive, have come out more than victorious in their suit against banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. over allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

Mostyn Law hail case dismissed for want of prosecution, second suit on the verge of DWOP

By David Yates | Sep 26, 2017

DALLAS – Mostyn Law hail suits brought in Dallas County are seemingly starting to thaw, as one case has already been dismissed for want of prosecution, and a second looks like it will soon go the same way.

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