News from October 2009

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 28, 2009

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, Oct. 21-28, 2009

Student wielding blow torch sets himself on fire, sues college

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 29, 2009

TYLER � In a college course that teaches students to weld, student Paul Manley was attempting to maneuver the torch for the first time when it twisted and set his shirt on fire.

Neighbors sue when wall falls onto property

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 29, 2009

Speights GALVESTON - A San Antonio couple is seeking $100,000 after debris from a neighbor's building crashed onto their Galveston property.

Lawsuit filed against Texas man's home ownership scheme

By Nick Rees | Oct 29, 2009

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed suit against a realty company that defrauded Hispanic home buyers.

Phila. judge sentences Texas lawyer to week in jail for 'grandstanding'

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 29, 2009

Langdoc PHILADELPHIA -- Judge James Lynn of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas sentenced Baron and Budd asbestos lawyer John Langdoc of Dallas to a week in jail and fined him $1,000 for grandstanding at a jury trial.

Man sues after falling from safety ladder at safety seminar

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 29, 2009

MARSHALL � An East Texas man is giving a safety training school a failing grade after he was caught up in an allegedly defective rescue ladder.

UTMB sues construction company after mechanic's lien issued

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 29, 2009

GALVESTON � Because a mechanic's lien was placed on one of the school's clinics, the University of Texas Medical Branch-Healthcare Systems is suing a Spring construction company for failing to pay its subcontractors.

Texas SC reverses $5M verdict against Union Pacific

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 29, 2009

AUSTIN � Reflective tape on a railroad crossing counts as a warning device, the Texas Supreme Court held when it wiped out a $5.1 million jury verdict against Union Pacific.

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

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 29, 2009

Last week, attorney R. David Donoghue shared the first three of seven strategies to help companies decrease patent troll litigation costs while increasing the effectiveness of their defense. Steps 4-7 are continued below

Legally Speaking "Will We Keep Rockin' In the Free World? Music, Torture, and Gitmo"

By John G. Browning | Oct 29, 2009

On Oct. 22, a coalition of liberal activists and musicians announced the launch of the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, an effort designed to restore momentum to President Obama's now-stalled intent to shut down the detention facility.

Recent real estate foreclosures filed in Jefferson County

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2009

Recent real estate foreclosures filed in Jefferson County

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

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2009

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, Oct. 15-23, 2009

Judge rules Toyota can see whistleblower documents, but not plaintiffs' attorneys

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 29, 2009

Biller MARSHALL � In a litigation alleging Toyota committed acts of racketeering, fraud, discovery abuse and misrepresentation and shortly after a temporary restraining order was entered against Toyota, U.S. District Judge T. John Ward has issued an order placing four boxes of evidence under the supervision of a secured facility.

Couple alleges deceptive trade in suit against flooring company

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 29, 2009

GALVESTON - Claiming a Houston flooring business erred with a project and neglected to perform repairs, a Galveston County couple seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

34 companies named as defendants in recent asbestos suit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 29, 2009

Blevins Thirty-four defendant companies are being blamed for the death of a man who allegedly developed a malignant asbestos-related injury after working around products manufactured by the companies.

Woman sues grocery store over water puddle near ice machine

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2009

While shopping at the Port Arthur HEB, Shauntral Pollard slipped and fell in a puddle of water that had dripped from an ice machine.

Capitol Comment: Cap and Trade is a $3.6 trillion gas tax on all Americans

By U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison | Oct 29, 2009

There's something the Democratic lawmakers who are pushing cap and trade legislation don't want the public to know. The controversial climate change legislation winding its way through Congress will impose a massive new national gas tax, raising the cost of gasoline and diesel and jet fuels.

Attorney John O'Quinn killed in Houston car crash

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 29, 2009

O'Quinn Texas plaintiff's attorney John O'Quinn died Thursday in a single car accident on a Houston roadway.

Hospital wins $156K verdict from doctor who failed to uphold contract

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2009

After his contract was terminated in 2004, Dr. James Grubbs filed suit against Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital alleging he was let go for reporting illegal Medicare billing practices.

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