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Trial lawyers seek to recession-proof their practices

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Even trial attorneys are not immune from the historic economic crisis hammering the United States, legal observers said.

Houston man receives $125K for civil rights violations by Santa Fe police

GALVESTON � The city of Santa Fe will pay $125,000 to a Houston man who claimed he was beaten by two of the city's police officers.

Recent patent infringement suits filed in U.S. District Courts

Recent patent infringement suits filed in the Eastern District of Texas, March 23-30, 2009

Engineer sues KCS over asbestos exposure

A former railroad engineer is suing the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. over workplace asbestos exposure he claims caused his lung disease.

Legally Speaking: Presiding Over the Court of His Own Opinions

Dallas Judge C. Victor Lander recently ignited a firestorm of controversy over some of his writing � not a ruling or a judicial opinion, mind you, but rather a newspaper column that the judge writes on the side.

New hurricane-related insurance lawsuits filed in Jefferson County

A total of 13 suits against insurance companies regarding Hurricane Ike damage claims were filed in Jefferson County District Court during the week of March 23 - March 27, 2009.

Local man claims company overcharged for home flood repairs

Lawdermilk A Nederland man is suing a Colorado company claiming he was overcharged for water damage remediation the company was supposed to perform on his hurricane-flooded house.

Asbestos screener abandoned 'legitimacy for lawlessness,' defendant writes

Herrick PHILADELPHIA � The Motley Rice law firm is imploring U. S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno not to turn asbestos litigation into an investigation of false X-ray reports.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts

Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts, March 17-26, 2009

Families of teens in collision file suits against allegedly drunk driver

GALVESTON � A two-car collision in La Marque which killed a 17-year-old Texas City girl and seriously hurt three other young women during the early morning hours of March 21 has spawned two lawsuits.

Suit alleges auto dealer failed to honor warranty claim

GALVESTON � A Galveston County physician says the Ford Motor Co. and a Galveston dealership refused to honor a warranty claim after his vehicle experienced a major breakdown in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in August 2008, recent court documents say.

Court rulings usher in new era of patent reform

Paul Janicke A ruling last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the latest in a series of similar rulings that patent professionals believe is swinging the pendulum toward cleaning up frivolous patents and reducing the amount of litigation that results.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, March 26 - April 2, 2009

Suit alleges Target employees pushed boxes on top of customer

TEXARKANA, Texas � While shopping at Target in December 2007, Bowie County resident Mystee Bennett says she was hit in the head by boxes falling off a shelf. Bennett alleges that on the other side of the shopping aisle, Target employees pushed the large boxes off the shelf onto her.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, March 23-27, 2009

Sexual harassment suit against Laminack dismissed

Laminack In July 2008, the Record reported that a former paralegal at one of Houston's power-house law firms claimed she was wrongfully terminated for rejecting the sexual advances of superstar attorney Richard Laminack.

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Attorney, reformers fear pending Texas legislation would reverse asbestos litigation standards

Behrens Two bills pending in the Texas legislature could open the floodgates to mesothelioma plaintiffs with only a minimum amount of exposure to asbestos, said a Washington, D.C., attorney speaking in Austin recently.

Appeals court hears oral arguments from UP to reverse $8.2M verdict

Jefferson County Chief District Judge Gary Sanderson conducted a trial he should have transferred and upheld a jury verdict he should have overturned, Union Pacific Railroad argued before the Ninth District appeals court in Beaumont on April 2.

Texas Supreme Court reaffirms liability ruling in Entergy case

Paul Green (R) AUSTIN(Legal Newsline)- Industrial plants, including refineries, are protected against some types of liability claims filed by injured contract workers, the Texas Supreme Court reaffirmed Friday, drawing praise from a legal reform group.