News from October 2009

Bad windows shut out successful hurricane repair

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 22, 2009

GALVESTON - A Galveston man accuses a Georgia-based window company and its Texas branch of performing post-Hurricane Ike work on his home that resulted in negative marks from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, recent court documents say.

Lawsuit alleges anti-psychotic medication caused diabetes

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 22, 2009

A Texas woman is claiming the medication she took for a mental disorder caused her to develop diabetes, and says the medication's risks were not worth the benefits.

IP for Your Business: Seven Steps for Reducing Patent Litigation Budgets While Increasing Effectiveness (Part I)

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 22, 2009

Increasingly, every industry and size of business feels the pain of patent litigation. Even small or medium-sized businesses are not exempt.

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

By David Yates | Oct 22, 2009

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, Oct. 9-15, 2009

Toshiba Ten Years Later: A Look Back at Beaumont's Big Settlement

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 22, 2009

It's been 10 years since Toshiba settled what is probably the largest recovery ever obtained in a class action lawsuit for economic damages.

Dubious Digitek cases being dropped

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 22, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. � Double doses of Digitek heart medicine didn't kill anybody, but national class action and wrongful death litigation over the drug keeps growing.

Contract dispute between doctors, hospital in hands of jury

By David Yates | Oct 22, 2009

As of press time for the Southeast Texas Record on Thursday, jurors are still deliberating in the trial of Dr. Brent Mainwaring vs. Dr. James King and HealthSouth Corp.

Latest hurricane-related insurance suits filed in Jefferson County

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 22, 2009

A total of seven new lawsuits against insurance companies over hurricane damage claims have been filed in Jefferson County District Court, Oct. 13-16, 2009.

Lamar lecture series features former Bulls player

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 22, 2009

As part of Lamar University's Academic Lecture Series, Bob Love, former Chicago Bulls three-time NBA All-Star, will present a lecture on his motivational life story at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the University Theatre.

More global warming facts needed

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 24, 2009

Public Citizen, the self-appointed environmental watchdog group, filed suit this month against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), seeking to force it to regulate carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gas emissions.

Plaintiff gets favorable verdict, but no damages from medical practice spat

By David Yates | Oct 26, 2009

Old In a surprising twist, stingy jurors found in the favor of the plaintiff in a case against HealthSouth on Friday, Oct. 23, but declined to award any money.

Calif. AG candidate to propose oil severance tax

By Chris Rizo | Oct 26, 2009

Pedro Nava (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-A Democratic candidate for California attorney general today will once again introduce legislation to enact a $1.5 billion a year tax on oil producers.

Owner claims truck is a lemon, sues Ford over faulty suspension

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 26, 2009

A man who says Ford has not properly fixed the suspension on a truck he purchased from the company has filed suit against it.

Upsurge in Jefferson County defense verdicts accompanied by decrease in personal injury filings

By David Yates | Oct 27, 2009

Shuffield The "judicial hellhole" label tort reform supporters have slapped Jefferson County with may be starting to peel, as a recent upsurge in defense verdicts and decrease in personal injury filings has tipped the scales in Lady Justice's hand.

Texas judge to handle Scruggs case

By Chris Rizo | Oct 27, 2009

Scruggs HOUSTON (Legal Newsline)-A federal judge in Texas will hear a lawsuit claiming that disgraced former trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and several others conspired to defraud a former colleague of millions of dollars in legal fees.

Nava: Big oil not paying its 'fair share'

By Chris Rizo | Oct 27, 2009

Pedro Nava (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)- Assemblyman Pedro Nava, the Southern California lawmaker vying to become the state's next chief legal officer, said Monday that Big Oil companies are getting off easy.

Tyson employee sues after pinned by forklift

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 28, 2009

MARSHALL � While working at the Tyson Foods facility in Panola County, employee Anthony Blackshire claims his back was injured when a fellow employee pinned him against a wall with a forklift.

Local doctor lands $10M verdict for ER contract dispute

By David Yates | Oct 28, 2009

Dugas It's no secret to the local medical community that Dr. Kirk Williams was somewhat bitter after he and the Medical Center of Southeast Texas parted ways nearly four years ago.

TDCJ on trial for discriminating against white employee

By David Yates | Oct 28, 2009

Morgan The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is on trial this week for allegedly discriminating against a pair of past employees, who allege TDCJ supervisors retaliated against them for "blowing the whistle" on illegal activities.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 28, 2009

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Oct. 21-28, 2009

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