News from June 2009

Tyson fined for safety violations alleged to cause employee death

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jun 23, 2009

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Tyson Foods was ordered to pay the maximum criminal fine of $500,000 and serve a year of unsupervised organizational probation after pleading guilty to willfully violating worker safety regulations.

Company claims it was never served, appeals default judgment

By David Yates | Jun 23, 2009

Arguing that they were unaware of the litigation filed against them, PPI Technology Services is asking appellate justices to dismiss a $20,000 default judgment awarded in favor of Christian Operating Co.

8/09 58th cd

By Carrie Gonzalez | Jun 23, 2009

DAVID DEROCHE ET AL VS TEXAS SELECT LLOYDS INSURANCE CO ET AL

BREAKING NEWS: Huntsman reaches mid-trial settlement with European bankers

By David Yates | Jun 23, 2009

CONROE, Texas � Shortly after this morning's trial recess, attorneys for the Huntsman Corp. and European bankers announced the parties had reached a settlement.

Radnofsky announces run for Texas AG

By Chris Rizo | Jun 23, 2009

Radnofsky (D) HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) - Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky announced Tuesday she is running for Texas attorney general.

A&M appeal in eminent domain case shot down, county plans to plow parts of state forest

By David Yates | Jun 23, 2009

In an ironic twist, sections of a forest that Texas A&M University and the state of Texas dedicated to the study of forestry are now in danger of deforestation � thanks to an appellate ruling, eminent domain and a county's desire to build a highway.

Huntsman reaches $1.7B settlement with European lenders over Hexion deal

By David Yates | Jun 24, 2009

Judge Fred Edwards CONROE � Lenders were perhaps given yet another reason not to lend Tuesday, June 22, when attorneys for the Huntsman Corp. and European banks announced the parties had reached a $1.7 billion settlement.

Citing In re Volkswagen, Judge Ward denies transfer of injury case

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jun 24, 2009

MARSHALL -- Although the incident that is the basis of the lawsuit occurred at Tyler Junior College, U.S. District Judge T. John Ward denied the defendant's request to transfer the case to the federal court in Tyler.

Galveston seaman seeks $1M after being thrown from truck bed during collision

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 24, 2009

GALVESTON � A Galveston seaman seeks an excess of $1 million in damages from his employer and a Virginia woman after being thrown from the bed of a truck during a collision.

Closing of Bible-based halfway houses violated religious freedom, Texas SC rules

By Steve Korris | Jun 24, 2009

AUSTIN � Seven years after the Sinton city council shut down a couple of Bible-oriented halfway houses, the Texas Supreme Court has reopened the homes and the Bibles.

'Unreasonably dangerous' water puddle basis of suit against grocery store

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 24, 2009

GALVESTON � After hurting his left knee while shopping at a Friendswood H-E-B store more than a year ago, a Brazoria County man is suing the San Antonio-based supermarket chain in Galveston County District Court.

Legally Speaking: A Poor Excuse for a Column

By John G. Browning | Jun 24, 2009

Ever wonder what became of that kid in class, the one who would always turn in his assignments with the latest in an ever-changing lineup of excuses for being tardy, stories that put the old "dog ate my homework" reason to shame?

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 24, 2009

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, June 17-22, 2009

Doctors allege insurance plan is part of nationwide theft and fraud ring

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jun 24, 2009

MARSHALL � After turning over nearly $400,000 to buy what they thought was an ERISA employee welfare benefit plan, two Virginia doctors believe they were the victims of an elaborate nationwide theft ring and are suing to get their money back.

'Legally Speaking' wins best column in statewide competition

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 24, 2009

Browning Columnist John G. Browning has received an impressive first place award in a statewide press competition.

Woman claims fall in hotel shower due to slippery surface

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 25, 2009

A Jefferson County woman and her husband have filed suit against a popular hotel chain and its manager, alleging the woman slipped in a shower because the hotel failed to provide a non-stick surface on its floor.

Man sues divorce attorney over botched representation, false billing

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 25, 2009

GALVESTON � Alleging his motion for a divorce was bungled from the start, a Galveston County man is suing his lawyer for more than $50,000 in damages.

After $47M award from Ciba, Rembrandt's new infringement suit targets J&J

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 25, 2009

Suing for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,712,327 proved lucrative for Rembrandt Vision Technologies last year, so the contact lens maker is filing suit again � this time against another company for infringing the same patent.

Man sues hospital after getting decked by another patient

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 25, 2009

A Houston man says he was forced to undergo surgery to his fractured jaw after a patient at Memorial Hermann Beaumont Hospital punched him in the face.

Worker cut by skill saw sues construction company

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 25, 2009

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against a company and its owner, alleging his arm was lacerated after his co-worker cut it with a saw.

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