News from October 2009

Appeals court to hear defense arguments for dismissal of med-mal case

By David Yates | Oct 5, 2009

A local hospital and physician claim they have been wrongly named in a medical-malpractice suit and will ask appellate justices later this month to reverse a lower judge's ruling denying their motion to dismiss.

Suit blames welders for Galveston condo fire

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 6, 2009

Buzbee GALVESTON � A Galveston homeowners' association blames two businesses for a fire that destroyed its condominium complex in June, recent court documents say.

Lawsuits allege rifles had defective triggers resulting in misfires, injuries

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 6, 2009

MARSHALL � A New Mexico resident and a Colorado resident believe they own rifles that have a tendency to unexpectedly discharge due to a defective trigger.

Legally Speaking: The Broken Gavel Awards

By John G. Browning | Oct 7, 2009

Last week, I wrote about judges who missed their calling, judging by the content of some recent orders and opinions from around the country.

Galveston Bay property owners sue over crack in protective barrier

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 7, 2009

Sailboat on Galveston Bay GALVESTON � Two couples are suing a Houston real estate management company after they discovered cracks in the barrier that was supposed to protect their property from the waters of Galveston Bay.

Success of reforms highlight Lawsuit Awareness Week in Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 7, 2009

AUSTIN � Bobby Jenkins, president of ABC Home & Commercial Services, worries about the threat of lawsuit abuse on his company and the people that work for him. But since civil justice reforms in the state of Texas, Jenkins, whose company serves Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan/College Station, says he feels more comfortable.

Galveston residents allege racial discrimination

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 7, 2009

GALVESTON - Two Galveston County residents are suing a privately-owned industrial contracting company for terminating them after the plaintiffs complained about racism on the job.

Public Citizen sues to force Texas to regulate greenhouse gases

By Chris Rizo | Oct 7, 2009

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) - Environmentalists in Texas this week sued in an effort to force the state to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Trial against local hospital focuses on doctor's employment contract

By David Yates | Oct 7, 2009

Buck the "good old boy" system and you'll likely find yourself unemployed. That was the argument plaintiff's attorney Gary Cornwell presented to jurors at the start of a trial over a doctor's contract with a local hospital.

Attorney duel: Brent Coon wants back rent from lawyer tenant

By David Yates | Oct 7, 2009

Coon A big fish in litigation against a smaller fish says a tenant on his property is on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in back rent.

Mistrial declared in Houston attorney's silica kickback case

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 7, 2009

The trial against a Houston attorney accused of using bribery to settle silica lawsuits ended in mistrial when jurors deadlocked after two days of deliberations.

Appeals court upholds incarceration of Port Arthur gang member

By Steve Korris | Oct 7, 2009

Gang members can serve time for deadly threats even if it is other members of the gang that pose the threats, Ninth District appeals judges ruled on Oct. 1.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 7, 2009

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Oct. 1-7, 2009

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 8, 2009

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, Oct. 1-7, 2009

Man blames railroad when truck gets stuck on tracks

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 8, 2009

MARSHALL � Driving his 18-wheel motor carrier through Marshall, Juan Hosea Gates was attempting to cross railroad tracks when his truck became stuck and was struck by a Union Pacific train.

Toyota accuser delivers four boxes of documents to Marshall court

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 8, 2009

Biller MARSHALL - The former Toyota attorney who claims the company concealed important safety information arrived at the federal courthouse in Marshall with four boxes of documents that could be evidence Toyota committed fraud.

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

By David Yates | Oct 8, 2009

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2009

Former cop sues BPD for alleged discrimination

By David Yates | Oct 8, 2009

After nearly being terminated and rejected for promotion 35 times, an African-American patrol officer claims his troubles with the Beaumont Police Department were racially motivated.

Suit: Medtronic should pay for medical monitoring after leads failed

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 8, 2009

An East Texas man claims a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his chest could fail at any time, so he wants the company that made the device to pay for the continued monitoring of his condition.

Capitol Comment: U.S. & NATO Must Act Swiftly, Decisively for Afghanistan Success

By U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison | Oct 8, 2009

Just a few short months ago, President Obama summed up our responsibilities in Afghanistan when he said, "This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget: This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity.... This is fundamental to the defense of our people."

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